Teacher torture devices

Entrepreneur Cheong Choon Ng, who created Rainbow Loom, shows innovation still thrives in the U.S., writes New York Times columnist Bill Keller.

Rubber band bracelets, are teacher torture devices, writes Mrs. Lipstick on Organized Chaos.

Tiny rubber bands are knitted together to form a bracelet. When it’s pulled apart — which isn’t difficult — “a child suddenly has what feels like hundreds of little bands all over his desk.”

Of course this only happens at the exact moment you are trying to transition the class and the student suddenly finds himself in a panic because he is worried he will lose one precious tiny rubber band. Or worse, the student becomes worried that a friend will steal the bands, which of course involves lots of yelling and “hey, that’s mine! Nobody touch it!” Both scenarios ultimately ends with a total class disruption and involve a very frustrated teacher.

“The amount of drama behind these bands could drive a daytime soap opera,” concludes Mrs. Lipstick.

About Joanne


  1. They’re not much fun at home, either. During a recent visit to some of the grandkids, the box was dropped at least three times and picking the little devils out of the playroom carpet is torture for all concerned. They remind me of orthodontic rubber bands.

  2. Deirdre Mundy says:

    As were Trapper Keepers, Charm Bracelets, Slap Bracelets, Pogs….

    It’s almost like ‘annoying to teachers’ is a must for any grade school fad to take off! 🙂

  3. PhillipMarlowe says:

    Just as bad are the middle school boys who are all into wearing a variety of brightly coloured shoes.

  4. Just ban them. If we can shut down free speech in schools for “substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities” (Tinker case), then bracelets are a no-brainer.

    Confiscate them at the beginning of the school day and put them in bags with the student’s name on them. Students can ask for them at the end of the day.