Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.



For this we need a study?

I could have pointed to my high school football team as exhibit A.


  • At 10:44 AM, September 28, 2005, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Yep. Having a baby does not a human being make. This ties in with the trouble makers in New Orleans. If you just throw food and water at a child, without giving love and guidance -- you're raising an animal. And whenever they are not restrained, they're going to act like animals.

  • At 11:25 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This woman has never been to Texas, has she? *shakes head*

  • At 10:20 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AoM, you should be proud at how your alma mater has progressed both academically and respectably. How many kids were in your graduating class (90)? 2009 will have over 300. I would say the freshman football team has 40% honors students (one being my son!). Not bad for a bunch of jocks! The entire high school is academically very competitive.

  • At 9:55 AM, September 29, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I'm glad to hear it. And, you overestimated my graduating class of 1987. We had 67!

    I'm glad they're doing better.

  • At 4:23 PM, September 29, 2005, Blogger North Dallas Thirty said…

    Ugh, don't get me started on this topic. I played football through high school and college and she is exactly right......if you don't have a sense of restraint already, you're not going to get it in athletic la-la land.

    Every time I hear a school district in Texas screaming about money....especially Plano....I want to ask them just how much they spent on their football palace. Given that, I don't think it's at ALL unwise for the governor to mandate that 65% of all dollars be spent in the classroom.

    Two good books for this....."Friday Night Lights" (obviously, but also one of the best-written sports books around) and "Sports in America" by James Michener (huge, but insightful reading).

  • At 5:16 PM, September 29, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I think NDT is on to something. A high school teacher friend of mine did not speak glowingly of high school students (overall) and the ways things have changed over the years as she has been teaching. She feels it is getting worse rather than better.

    I'm not surprised.

  • At 9:39 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Our booster club actually raises a lot of money for the football program to have the "extra" items that the budget will not reach. We have a very nice stadium, very nice high school and we are renovating and updating all of our campuses with a new $40 million school bond, we do have a great football program, but guess who wanted the astro turf? The band, so they could march on something more soft than the Texas sun baked pasture that we used to play on. Yes, a little bit funny to me. We are also about to break ground on a new Performing Arts Theater.

    Education is a priority in our home, but to be able to let our children experience art, sports, music, theater, foreign languages, etc., etc., is a life lesson in itself. There is alot to be learned outside of a textbook.


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