That got your attention didn't it? Today I bring you a battle royal: Boobie bands vs. silly bandz.
Have these made an appearance at your school? It took me a few weeks to realize what they said. A ton of middle school, ahem, boys, started wearing them. I didn't pay much attention. However, earlier this week, while watching a 6th grade student draw, I really looked at the band. "I love bo..."I couldn't see the rest. " What does that say?" I asked. He blushed bright red, I spun the bracelet around his wrist... boobies. "I love boobies?" I ask raising my eyebrows at this mild mannered young man that I have known since he was in eight. "Ummm, ummm," he stutters. "Humm," I say and in my head I count up how many students must be wearing the I love boobies bracelets.
What dose it mean? Where did they come from? Why are the kids allowed to go around school wearing a bracelet that says boobie. After school I ask the VP, who is charge of our 6-8th students, what is up with the bracelets. He rolls his eyes and says it has something to do with breast cancer awareness and fundraising. "Oh yeah, I'm sure the 7th grade boys are worried about breast cancer research funding," I remark. Admin has decided to just ignore them with the belife that if we ban then it will become a big deal.
Fine I guess. I love boobies as much as any other boobie owner. My grandma and aunt died of breast cancer. I donate to breast cancer research and believe in education and awareness. However, I find the bracelets inappropriate for 11-13 year olds to wear to school. I really, REALLY don't think most of kids wearing them give a crap about breast cancer, fundraising or research...they just want to wear something that says boobies.
Ironically silly bandz have yet to really catch on at our school. A few kids have them but hey are not a big deal. Instead I was really unhappy to have a group of 3rd grade students come in to class today and realize three of them are now wearing I love boobies bracelets. Ok fine, they are going to let the middle school students have a rebellious moment, but I am not ok with 8 year olds wearing them.
What do you think, am I uptight and old fashioned, are boobie bands appropriate for the classroom? Are they ok for middle school age, elementary age, high school? Everyone?