‘Spring spheres’ at Seattle school

A teen-age volunteer was allowed to give candy-filled “spring spheres” to third graders at a Seattle elementary school. 

When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew,” Jessica said.

The city’s parks department is sponsoring Easter-free Spring Egg Hunts.

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  1. tim-10-ber says:

    Please…this is getting ridiculous…all of the holidays are nothing but commercialized…christmas was joined with a pagan holiday to get more support…easter is all about candy…we don’t shy away for jewish or islamic holidays why are people so scared over supposed christian rituals? Geez…

  2. So am the only one who wants to scream that they’re referring to ovoid shapes as SPHERES???????

    Talk about mathematical illiteracy……

  3. And some wonder why we question the intelligence of elementary school teachers and “educators” at large.

  4. Roger Sweeny says:

    Ovoid, from the Latin ova, meaning egg (cf. oval).

  5. I’m still trying to reconstruct the chain of ‘thought’ behind the ‘spring spheres.’

    The closest I can get is:
    A sphere is shaped like a ball. A football is a kind of ball. These are shaped a bit like footballs, ergo……. spheres?

  6. Roger Sweeny says:

    Spheres are round. Eggs are roundish. My uncle used to say, “Close enough for government work.” Close enough for elementary schools?

  7. Why don’t they call them Spring eggs, if they want to disregard Easter. Easter is for Christians. If other people want to disregard Easter – go ahead. It makes no difference to me what the public schools or public parks do or don’t do regarding Christian holidays. Both places – the parks and the schools – in my town are Godless cesspools of violence.

  8. Sean Mays says:

    *bonk! Head hits computer desk.

    How hard is it to homeschool? I’ve got my teaching license for high school math and science. I’m married to a scientist. I have very catholic (small c on purpose) interests. I guess I can teaching reading, research and writing …

  9. dangermom says:

    Eggs are not spheres! Egads! Hm, how about Opulent Ovoids? The funny thing is, it’s not like eggs are a Christian symbol of the Resurrection anyway. They are an ancient symbol of…spring! Even the word “Easter” doesn’t have Christian roots.

    Homeschooling is usually pretty straightforward, Sean. Go get The Well-Trained Mind and see what you think. 🙂

  10. Mark Roulo says:

    How hard is it to homeschool?

    It is pretty straightforward and not very complicated. It is just time consuming 🙂

  11. Just make sure your spouse is on board–it really does take the commitment of both parents because (for example) 2 hours spent on school is 2 hours NOT spent scrubbing floors!

    But no, not hard at all, ESPECIALLY for the lower grades. We’re pretty relaxed about PreK-K-1…. planning my second grade curriculum for next year right now, and it’s going to be more complex, mostly because my daughter’s reading has blossomed so I can assign non-fiction reading and not have to spend as much of MY time. 🙂

    Just don’t expect to spend 6 hours a day at it. Lower kid->teacher ratios + no busy work (you can color on your OWN time, kid.) and no waiting for other kids to catch up means that you can get through a whole day of elem. school in 2-3 hours on a BAD day.

    Also, we go year-round so we don’t backslide over the summer and have more time for field trips as they arise.

    Look at HSLDA.org to see your state’s regulations. Mine just require me to take attendence and make sure they get 185 days a year.

    But no… as long as you LIKE you kids, not hard at all– just time consuming.

  12. Mark Roulo says:

    I’ll second two key points from Deirdre’s post:
    1) 2ish hours/day for the earlier grades are probably enough (about when we spent),
    2) You can go year ’round, and probably should … when the schooling is only 2ish hours a day, there isn’t much need for a ‘break’

  13. Richard Aubrey says:

    Seattle is the system which called future time orientation racist, iirc.
    This figures.

  14. “I’m still trying to reconstruct the chain of ‘thought’ behind the ‘spring spheres.’”

    You’re assuming anything that went into that idea would qualify as thought.

  15. I love how the teacher tried to fool the kids into thinking that the eggs weren’t eggs. a rose is a rose by any other name…

  16. I was at a teachers’ meeting (blech!), and we were talking about the CST and other events coming before or after spring break. I thought I’d throw a monkey wrench into the conversation by saying, “Okay, the CSTs come after Easter Vacation, but blah blah blah comes before Easter Vacation?” The assistant principal then reiterated, using “Easter Vacation” instead of the sterile, secular, PC substantive. I saw it as one small victory for the old America.

  17. This story is made up