You know what’s Crazy? I’ll tell you what’s crazy!
I’m listening to Fox Sports Radio and the drive time guys are blowing hot air through my speakers.
Topics range from Celebrity Hotties, to traffic on the 405 Freeway, to the highly inappropriate, but sadly funny, Mayor of L.A. dating game. The radio boys say his Honor is only at the press conference to scope out the female reporters.
All of this interesting, but not why I tuned in.
I wanted to know more about the Cleveland Browns receiver, Donte Stallworth who just pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter. You’ll recall he was driving his Bentley in Miami and ran over a man. That man died. Stallworth could have done 15 years in jail. What does he get? A ridiculously light 30 days in the cooler.
I went to boy scout camp as a 5th grader. I bet I wore a the same Speedy Gonzalez t-shirt for at least that long.
Now that is crazy!
So these radio donkeys are hee-hawing their way through the equivalent of oratory defecation when suddenly an interesting topic crackles through my speakers.
A guy with a nails on the blackboard kind of squeaky delivery begins ranting. “This younger generation is too sensitive and too coddled and they should basically grow a pair,” he squelches.
The screechy voice is a beer keg rolling down hill out of control as one unchecked thought after another begins spilling out of his pie hole.
He talks about dodge ball being removed from P.E. in some schools so nobody gets a bruised ego.
He rails on one L.A. school that won’t give kids any grade less than a C.
Are you kidding me? THAT’S CRAZY!
He goes on to say that you can basically fail every class, bomb every test, wipe ear wax on your American History exam and you can still pass with a 2.0 GPA.
Excuse me while I swallow the stomach bile surging up my esophagus.
Then radio ding dong tells me that our children are so sensitive that some schools won’t even keep academic scores.
According to the drive time radio voice, he has heard of a school system that uses colors to grade the kids.
Excuse me while I ram my car into the cement median.
He doesn’t have all his facts straight, but he explains that if a kid is an A student, he might get a green star on a paper.
A student who doesn’t quite Ace the Spanish II exam, maybe he gets a Red star which is kind of like getting a B. Pink is like getting a C. I don’t know if you can get a lower color than pink. After all that would harm a youngster’s sense of self worth, right?
As I turn on some AC/DC, for those about to Rock You, I think about what Eeyore the talking Donkey Dork said and I sadly muse that he is right.
We are not only one of the the stupidest super powers on Earth, but now we are the most emotionally insecure.
As the sports jocks began talking about the Laker fans scorch the Earth policy, and the parade that had to happen for fear of a wide spread riot, I realize that this country has to stay strong and it does start with the kids.
Maybe reconstituting dodge ball in Gym class is one small way to send a message to today’s youth. Maybe grading kids with numbers and letting them know where they stand in class is another way for them to grow as adults.
Maybe we are too soft on today’s children. In the words of the donkey voiced radio voice; “grow a pair young people, Grow a pair.”
Now that is crazy!