So I just saw on the Facebook machine that the Worcester Public Schools and a whole bunch of other school districts have cancelled school for tomorrow. First thing I thought was, “Great, now I have to shovel all that white crap while Turtleboy Jr. and Mrs. Turtleboy drink hot cocoa.” Then I went on my iMachine and found out it’s not even snowing tomorrow. But it is supposed to be -8 degrees tomorrow, because apparently I live in Winnipeg. And that’s not factoring in the wind chill.
Now my first initial take on this was that I was surprised school is cancelled on account of it being cold. I didn’t even know that was something schools did. But my first instinct has been wrong before. Like in Busgate, at first I thought the parents were reacting to an insane bus driver. But first instincts are often moronic. So I thought about it for about five minutes and came to the conclusion that it’s obviously a really good idea to cancel school.
First of all, we haven’t gotten any snow yet this year have we? And it’s January already. I feel like by this point in the past there’s been three or four snow days. So who gives a shit if they cancel school for a day?
Secondly, have you seen what these little Worcester McMuffins wear to school every day? Back in the day the kids whose parents cared about them being the freshest kid at Sullivan Middle made sure their kids didn’t leave home without their Miami Dolphins Starter jacket. But for every one of those kids there were four other kids who jumped off that bus in a t-shirt and blue jeans. Do you understand how dangerous that is?
Thirdly, for all the people crying, “wussification of America,” please calm your nani. Worcester kids are still as tough as they used to be back in your day. The only difference is now they speak Spanish and have cell phones. The city won’t bus them in if they live within two miles. Do you realize how long two miles is? If you live by the Price Chopper on Cambridge St, you live less than two miles from South High. If you live in Tatnuck, you live less than two miles from Doherty. If you live by the Grafton Street Plaza then you live less than two miles from Worcester East Middle. Do you understand what it feels like to walk 1.8 miles in a -15 degree wind chill? It’s like getting punched in the face repeatedly for 40 minutes. So please, for the love of God, get out of my face with all this back in your day nostalgia. I want all of these cold weather heroes to walk a mile in the cold and then stand at a corner for 15 minutes waiting for a bus, and then come and tell me about what wussies kids are these days.
Anyone reading this who lives in a town – pick a town – Uxbridge, Northboro, Holden, Dudley. I’ve driven through these towns while school buses are bringing kids home. They drop every freaking kid off at their home. Ya got that? No bus stops. Door to door service. My bus at Sullivan Middle made three stops. That was it. There had to be 25 kids at each stop. The whole freaking neighborhood assembled at some rallying point and pretty much everyone there lived a mile away. It’s no different today. Drive down Pleasant Street at 7:00 and you’ll see 30 kids at the corner of Russell Street ready to go to school and annoy the shit out of their teachers.
Meanwhile in towns I’ve seen them pull out of a school and drop a kid off a block away. THAT is wussification of America. But protecting little Worcester McMuffins from getting punched in the face by mother nature is NOT the wussification of America.
Lastly, how is this possibly affecting you in a negative way if school is closed? Because I’m gonna be honest – it seems like these people are more angry that THEY had to walk to the school in the freezing cold a couple times back in 83. Uphill both ways!! And now since that sucked so much for them the children of 2015 should have to get punched in the face too.
The people complaining about this are the SAME people who will bitch and whine on Facebook about school buses filled with Worcester’s little treasures getting in the way of their morning commute. Some people just love to complain. Here are my favorites:
Yea, that’s why we’re falling behind in education. Right. It has nothing to do with poverty, or shitty parenting, or the fact that other cultures still use caning in school when a kid gets a B-. None of those are factors. The reason that American kids don’t do as well as kids in Singapore on a standardized test is because we’re going to school an extra day in June instead of January.
Yea, MURICA!! If this guy had to get kicked in the nuts by mother nature then logically so should these kids today.
Newsflash – other countries laugh at us all the time. Doesn’t matter. America’s the best, so we always get the last laugh. France laughs at us all the time and then we always end up bailing their ass out when Germany starts kicking their ass. Also, the school year is still the exact same amount of days. Net learning remains the same.
Windows huh? I never thought of that before. Because windows can DEFINITELY protect Worcester’s little ragamuffins from the -15 wind chill while they walk 1.9 miles to school.
Yea, Laila here was a God damn eskimo. I’m sure she definitely walked to school in two feet of school. Definitely.
Hey genius – when you’re an adult you get to drive to work. Cars have this awesome thing called “heat.” A 13 year old kid from Great Brook Valley has his hand-me-down Wu Tang t-shirt and a pair of windbreakers.
I love this argument. What does Melinda Boone make, about $190k? On what planet am I living where the CEO, who oversees thousands of employees, and tens of thousands of students, is overpaid at that salary? Do you understand what you would be paid in the private sector if you were in charge of that many people? Yea, we should pay superintendents $30K a year, because your job sucks and you’re miserable. That makes TONS of sense.
Yea, that’s pretty sound logic right there. Kids who live in Alaska supposedly go to school in weather like this. Therefore kids in Worcester should too. Because everyone knows that Alaska is the state we should model ourselves after. And why is it always little Johnny and Susie? Seriously, can we get a more urban version of this? Or at least an up to date suburban version? Can’t we call them little Morgan and Jayden now? Or Juan and LaPrincess if they live in the city?
Holy shit how old is this guy? Harrington Way Jr. High? Boy’s trade? LOL. I’ll bet you my turtle that this is one of those guys who goes to the YMCA every day for the sole purpose of standing around buck naked for three hours with two other old dudes talking about the way things used to be. I love when people just start making up their own facts too, it’s priceless. Every kid in Worcester gets picked up at their house. Right.
The bottom line is, why does everyone want these kids to go to school so badly tomorrow? Like do you get enjoyment out of driving by a bus stop and seeing a bunch of kids standing in the cold getting their ass kicked by mother nature? Is that fun for you? Because I’ve been that kid at the bus stop before. It sucks. The logic that these kids should have to go through that because life sucked for you one day back in 74 is classic Worcester.
Feel free to share your thoughts to keep the conversation going.