Unanticipated Benefits

Putting Klara in a Christian school brought some unanticipated benefits. For instance, when the kids are taken to the school library to pick out their books for the week, I don’t have to worry she’ll bring home some garbage about the anti-racist baby, “non-traditional families,” or a boy who decided he was a girl. All of the books are sweet and wholesome. Today, for instance, she picked out a book about an old lady who knitted hats and gave them away to anybody who needed them.

Also, there’s a gigantic nativity scene in front of the school. And a million Christmas activities of the kind I approve.

7 thoughts on “Unanticipated Benefits

  1. And my child is over in the public school getting picked on because he’s not gay and isn’t a furry non-binary weirdo. I am trying to find a way to afford Christian school but it’s not so easy. Evidently, their enrollments are up 40% at least and the scholarships aren’t as easy to come by.

    But I am truly happy for Klara. God bless her and her knitted hats stories.

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  2. As a child it was a great pleasure to go to the public library and pick from the bounty of books. I mourn that this simple pleasure has been ruined for the current generation of children. Just a few months ago I saw a picture book titled “The Heels on the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish” prominently displayed at our local library.

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    1. I notice the librarians have changed, too. When I was a kid, you could check out your books at the desk in the children’s department, so the librarians there got to know us, and what we liked to read. They’d see us come in, and say “We just got a new book in I think you’d like!” and they’d know that because they’d read it, and it was similar in some way to books they already knew we liked. Or it was something new by an author whose work we’d mined exhaustively.

      I encourage my kids to ask the librarian when they are looking for something particular, but when it comes to recommending stuff to read for pleasure, they pretty consistently underestimate my kids, and recommend popular inane book series. They have a script. I want my old librarians back, but most of them are retired now. Sigh.

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      1. I’ve never even met that kind of librarian. The ones I see today can, at best, scan the barcode and at worst glare at kids who spend to much time in the stacks and want to touch everything.

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  3. That is wonderful. We got a grab bag from our local library during the shutdown and I looked through it before giving any of them to the kids. Almost entirely trash. The one that I thought that was decent, the kids themselves thought stupid. It’s not about rejecting my tastes either. We own hundreds of children’s books (mostly collected from thrift stores) and they read avidly from that collection. They really were that bad. I’m not sure if I want to know whether we were being played, they were handing out books that rarely got checked out, or if the person selecting them genuinely thought that anyone would enjoy them.

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    1. I’m now wary of taking my curious kid to the local library because they tend to feature very. . . non-traditional books that I don’t believe are remotely age-appropriate. I always steer her towards books published in 1980-1990 because, at least, there’s not going to be any utter stupidity.

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