Yesterday was the first snowfall in our area. We got a significant amount.
I’m a teacher in an elementary school. The school runs a “before and after” daycare program. My office is in the same room as the library which is where the program operates out of. I was working at my desk, school didn’t start for about another hour and the kids were in the library. They’d been playing in the library for a long time. One of the women who run the program told them they were going to go outside. Groans all around. It’s the second day of snow and they don’t want to play in it. I thought to myself, “This pretty much sums up kids today.” Pretty sad. How times have changed.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 23, 2022 11:57 PM
I come from a country which has NO snow. So I would go and experience it for a short while.
But doesn't it immediately melt and get all your clothes wet? And then you have to come in and change your clothes?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 19, 2022 12:05 AM
Is the snow still fluffy and fun or is it melting and dirty? Or a dirty sheet of ice? I do see your point, OP. In the previous century kids would be itching to get out and play.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 19, 2022 12:05 AM
When it snowed when I was a kid we couldn't wait to go sledding. And the best was when it was a snow day!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 19, 2022 12:21 AM
I hated the cold even when I was a kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||November 19, 2022 12:35 AM
We played outside all of the time and made our own games. My parents’ generation did this even more, Kids’ brains rot now because all they do is use technology. I see this every day. Children don’t okay outside anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 19, 2022 12:36 AM
When snow has freshly fallen and stuck, you play outside all day. Have any of you ever skitched (that's what we called it in Chicago)? A slow moving car drives by, and you grab the bumper and slide with the car. The driver notices you and tries to shake you off, but no go. There was a massive snowmaggedon in the late 70's, and we used to jump off of garage roofs into the snowbanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 19, 2022 2:20 AM
I’m watching last night’s Bill Maher show and he brings this up - technology is fucking up kids’ brains and nobody seems to care or want to do anything about it.
Guest Jonathan Haidt says it’s the complete rewiring of childhood. Kids used to be out having experiences, but now this (social media/technology) is what their brains are absorbing. He talks about the rise in poor mental heath with children, teens and young adults.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 19, 2022 3:49 PM
Exactly where are kids supposed to go? What are they supposed to do?
Car-based urban and suburban design has made sure that walking or cycling is a life-threatening hobby. How are children supposed to go play? Hop onto their bikes and cycle across an interstate to get to little Johnny's house?
Have mom drive them over to one of their approved play-pals since all the Moms in their town have been driven mad by crime porn on TV and won't let their children out of their sight?
Please. Suggest away. Thrall me with your acumen.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 19, 2022 4:01 PM
I don’t have answers for that, R8. I don’t live in that environment. Those problems run deeper.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 19, 2022 4:07 PM
So maybe it isn't kids today. Maybe it's adults today.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 19, 2022 4:10 PM
Well R8, the answer for OP’s question would be the fucking playground! They were AT school, contrarian asshole!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 19, 2022 4:13 PM
I suppose this is a good example of a teenager exercising outdoors.
This teenager at the Seattle Academy High School qualified for the state championship.
They previously came 72nd on the boys’ track team but they decided to claim to be a girl and they TOOK first place!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 20, 2022 3:10 AM
OP, please take more classes.
" My office is in the same room as the library which is where the program operates out of.:
Why are you teaching our children? You sound special needs.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 20, 2022 3:14 AM
I was born in the 80s and it was annoying as fuck to have to go play outside during recess.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 20, 2022 3:17 AM
Jesus fucking christ. Op, I hope you are joking about being a teacher, because you are 100% what's wrong with today's children.
Children don’t okay outside anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 20, 2022 3:20 AM
Oh for god sake R15 he/she just made a typo. get a grip.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 20, 2022 4:45 AM
Engage them with a song: "Risslety-rosslety now now nowww".
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 20, 2022 4:48 AM
[quote] he/she just made a typo.
[quote] he/she just castrated himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 20, 2022 4:50 AM
Bill Maher and his guests were 100% correct last night. Tech has completely fucked up their brains. These kids didn't want to go outside and play in the fresh fallen snow, but I'm sure they would've delighted in putting on their goggles and playing in snow in the 'metaverse' instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 20, 2022 4:53 AM
[quote]Tech has completely fucked up their brains. These kids didn't want to go outside and play in the fresh fallen snow
Tech has fucked up *my* feeble ancient brain. I don't want to go out and play either.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 20, 2022 4:58 AM
I'm in my late 50s and still get giddy at the sight of the first snowfall.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 20, 2022 5:09 AM
I imagine the OP at his teacher's desk singing this song at the top of his lungs.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||November 20, 2022 5:10 AM
You wanted them to play outside before school started so they could sit around in wet clothes all day?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 20, 2022 5:16 AM
I worked for a nursery school, and my kids, when they were in grade school went to after care. So, from a teacher perspective, I don’t ever remember the kids groaning about going out, but I taught 3-6 year-olds. They would be mad if we DIDN’T go out, i.e., if the ground was too wet, or if it is was below 32.
From my kids perspective, (aged 7-12,) they would groan about going out sometimes, if they were comfortable inside reading, or playing a board game, or doing a group thing with friends and it was working out really well, and just didn’t want the disruption. But once they got outside they were totally fine and had fun.
Maybe you don’t get to see that part since you are inside!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 20, 2022 5:22 AM
I don't work in a nursery school, but I flash one a couple times a week.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 20, 2022 5:55 AM
Yes, no one knows more about kids than BILL MAHER.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||November 22, 2022 7:44 PM
Future Data Lounge posters.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 22, 2022 7:46 PM
R1 Only if you decide to take a nap in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 22, 2022 7:51 PM
Quit bullshitting, OP. We all know you're a janitor.
And the teacher's lounge is for teachers. Stay outta there!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 22, 2022 8:12 PM
They said the same thing about TV and Atari.
And we turned out fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 22, 2022 8:18 PM
Maybe if r12 would fuck all the way off the world would be a better place?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 22, 2022 8:25 PM
That was perhaps a typo but what to do about such gems as these?
[quote] operates out of...One of the women who run...My parents’ generation...and in [R7] parallel construction would have made that paragraph understandable.
Enough "oh dears" to pull a sleigh!
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 22, 2022 8:44 PM
Sorry OP but that sounds illogical & kind of a pain. They probably have a recess anyway, right? So these kids came in through the snow, removed all of their outerwear and accessories, jammed them all into their lockers, slushy moon boots lining the halls below their lockers..... and you think they should do all of that in reverse, checking if anyone need to use the bathroom first of course. Then play, have to come in, remove snow covered garments and boots again, get their shoes on, books ready for class..... in an hour? AM coordinator could do better.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 22, 2022 8:48 PM
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|by Anonymous||reply 35||November 22, 2022 8:49 PM
"Kids Today" have to deal with things like mass shooter drills. You didn't
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 22, 2022 8:51 PM
[quote]I’m a teacher in an elementary school.
God, I hope not.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 22, 2022 9:30 PM
It depends on the type of snow-- the wet snow sucks when you have those $1 stretchy fabric gloves. Stuff was better made when we were younger, too. Or people had enough sense to pay $7 more for a functional pair of gloves.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 22, 2022 9:41 PM
If cell phones had been around when you were a kid, you would have been on your phone all day, too
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 22, 2022 9:43 PM
This is all situational, as has already been suggested. The school near me doesn't even let kids outside if the temperature is below say, 58 degrees. The kids fucking hate it.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 22, 2022 10:49 PM
Why are so many people interpreting this as OP blaming little kids for this? It's obviously their parents/the society they're growing up in. Small humans in the western world didn't just suddenly start being born without a 'play' instinct, ffs. It IS kind of worrying how little independent playing and time outdoors kids get these days, tbh. And yes, my generation had Atari etc. but we still played outside most of the time and without adult supervision.
I still remember by the time I graduated Grade 12 in 1995 the really little kids who used the same school bus stop as us older kids were already being driven to and from said bus stop, and it was noticeable how few of them were spending time outside on weekends etc. And this was small town Canada, not a place where the parents had anythign to really worry about in terms of their safety.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 23, 2022 1:48 AM
The same crime paranoia that grips the DL every two years grips the parents of children all the time.
Americans have been convinced they live in The Purge and act accordingly.
If we got rid of some of the fucking guns, maybe things would be different.
But it's not Kids Today and it's not Technology Rotting Their Brains.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 23, 2022 6:43 PM
Elderfag here. Back in the early 60s we could not enter the school building until the morning bell sounded. But there were two teachers in the playground before school monitoring the kids.
So, OP, if you want the kids to go outside before or after school, you need to scrape up a couple of teachers to go out and be with them. Otherwise, this isn’t going to happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 23, 2022 6:51 PM
There are supervisors out there with them. Children aren’t allowed to be out alone without an adult.
It wasn’t that cold the day this happened. I just thought it was odd. Snow is new to young children.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 23, 2022 11:57 PM