His kid’s fourth-grade teacher banned birthday cupcakes, writes Eric Zorn on his Chicago Trib blog.
She’d done the math. Naturally. And she figured that if every child had a little birthday party — where a parent brings in treats, drinks, maybe goodie bags — she’d lose roughly 10 hours of total classroom instruction time over the course of the year.
He approves. Commenters go wild. Many agree with Omnibus Driver that schools are sucking the fun out of childhood.
I grew up in the days when nobody’s birthday was celebrated at school, but my daughter was educated in the cupcake era. They were consumed at lunch time so there was no loss of class time. I don’t think moms made a big fuss about it either, but maybe I’m just remembering that I didn’t make a big fuss.