January 31, 2006 1 min read

Elementary school teacher Pigs describes a puzzling incident in which a 5th-grade girl, surrounded by a group of giggling peers, summoned her to the hallway to tell her some important news: “I got two hundreds on my spelling tests two weeks in a row, and I saved up to 20% on auto insurance by calling G----! Bye!”

The experience prompts Pigs to postulate that “Strange and inexplicable things happen to 5th-graders after Christmas break.”

But maybe it’s not just 5th graders. In his blog, Hobo Teacher recounts how, at recent faculty meeting at his school, “the superintendent started with telling us that he had some good news. He said that he just saved a bunch of money on his car insurance. … What’s even worse is that he used the same joke the month before.”

Talk about the commercialization of schools. …

(The Pig’s Tales; Hobo Teacher)

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.