It’s official, there is nothing that Fox News and their contributors cannot find to put a spin on that “proves” that liberals are destroying the very fabric of our civilization — not even Valentine’s Day. It seems that it is news to these people who most schools request that children in grade school bring Valentines for all of their classmates, not just their close friends.
Elizabeth Esther, a blogger and self-styled parenting “expert” told Elizabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday that the request from the one teacher in the one school that she singled out is taking political correctness to an intolerable extreme by making this request that teachers have made for decades. She asserted that in requiring that all classmates be included teaches them that life is fair and that it would be better if they learned otherwise at an early age while the “stakes are low.”
Esther is in her mid to late thirties and the only reason that she doesn’t know that the practice has been going on for years is that she was raised in a cloistered atmosphere by radical fundamentalist parents and likely only attended a church run school as a child. Those of us who went to public schools know that it has always been standard practice that Valentines be given to all classmates. My first Valentine’s day in school was in 1955 and I received a Valentine from every one of my classmates, both male and female and returned the same to them. This has nothing to do with being politically correct.
Esther seems to be deluded into believing that 5-year-old kindergarten children are looking already for true love when she says, “To just robotically hand out, ‘Here’s your Valentine, here’s your Valentine.’ Like, what are we? It totally removes the meaning, the special memory for the kids.”
There is no romantic connotation to Valentines exchanged between these children, it is just a festive day at school.
The teacher who sparked the conversation did not as Esther alleges demand that every card be identical, only that there be one for each student and that no names be on the envelopes.
Jessica Gottlieb, a genuine parenting expert, responded to Esther’s comments by pointing out that it does indeed make a child feel better to not be left out when the others all receive Valentines and that it does not teach them that they will never be rejected.
“Believe me, they experience plenty of rejection day in and day out,” she said. “There’s absolutely no reason to be excluding them.”
Watch the video from Fox and Friends on Thursday below.
h/t: Raw Story