OK, it took me years to figure this out, but I now realize that some of my grade school teachers – nuns included – were commies.
I don’t know if they were card-carrying, but I can’t find any other explanation for the phrase, “I hope you brought enough (fill in the blank here) to share with everyone in the class.”
This is what teachers would say if they caught a kid eating candy or chewing gum during class.
What future practice in society is this preparing children for? What aspect of their adult life does this replicate? I mean, when you sit at your cubicle at work eating a granola bar or package of crisps your boss doesn’t make you stop eating unless you brought enough for everyone!
We live in a capitalistic society, for Chrissakes. As much as I love the idea of, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,” I don’t think communistic ideals in general applied to candy.
Smart as they may otherwise be, grammar and secondary school teachers sure say some stupid shit.
Like their rationale for forbidding gum in classrooms. I have to agree that kids sticking gum to the bottom of their desks or anything else should be forced to clean it up. That’s littering, and it’s nasty, too.
But I also remember another reason for the ban – that some teachers didn’t like to look at the class and see kids “chewing their cuds like a cow.” Fittingly, that’s just bullshit.
You’ve got some kind of mental disorder if that bothers you. Popping bubbles is obnoxious, yes, and should be forbidden, but the visual of chewing? Don’t be such a wuss, Teach!
During my school years this “chewing” rationale was incontestably discredited during myriad fundraising drives, where kids were allowed to sell and consume all manner of sweetmeats in class.
The candy sales also forever plugged a hole in the rationale that kids weren’t permitted to eat food in class because it would “attract bugs.” Nothing like some creamy nougat on the floor to attract ants, eh?
Oh yeah, and there’s nothing like a little hypocrisy to forever alter your view of authority figures, either.