I have just become aware of what may well be the leading candidate for The Irony of Ironies Award for 2009. As well as another indication of how far behind the American Experiment has fallen.
Lenore Skenazy, author of my favorite book of the year "Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry," will be speaking about her book at Yale University today.
As part of the "Parents Weekend" festivities for incoming freshmen.
You know....Parent's Weekend, that 2 day Propaganda Tour where colleges try to convince the check writers and loan co-signors that little Johnny and Mary are going to get an education beyond the PH.D in Alcohol and Drug Abuse that come with a 4 or 5 or 6 year sentence to their institutions.
Who is Lenore Skenazy and what is Free Range Kids, you ask?
Ms. Skenazy and her work are a much needed breath of fresh air in America. In short, Ms. Skenazy encourages parents to allow their kids to do incredible things like ride a bike to the library, walk alone to school, take public transportation (her 10 year old solos on NYC subways)
.....basically GET THE HELL OUT OF THE HOUSE!!
Encourage kids to acquire the social skills that have disappeared over the last 2-3 decades thanks to computers, overregulation by our lawyers and government, and media sponsored fearmongering.
Shocking, isn't it?
Downright revolutionary, isn't it?
You can learn more about Lenore and her work here...
(Disclaimer... I have become Facebook Friends with Ms. Skenazy, so yes, this is a shameless plug of her work by me....BUY HER BOOK!!)
So where's the irony that comes with a confluence of Lenore Skenazy, Yale University and Parent's Weekend, you ask?
Isn't it a tad late for Ms. Skenazy to be waxing poetic to these post pubescent freshmen and their parents?
Or maybe it isn't.
And that's the really scary part.
One of the Top 10 Universities in America is engaging a lecturer to teach a class that should be called "Apron Cutting Skills 101" to parents and freshmen.
Oh, the humanity.
Finally, if I may, I'd like to volunteer some ancient words of advice for Ms. Skenazy to pass along to these young Eli's and their parents.
It's a phrase that I ingrained within my own children's psyche at an early age. A phrase that teaches them to think first when confronting new and unusual circumstances, the kind of confrontations with life's unique challenges that can be scary at first, and often require a slow approach before following through with a decision:
"Unh Uh...mighta choked Arti, but it ain't gonna choke Stymie".
Give 'em hell Lenore Skenazy!!!