Monday, May 08, 2006

The Great TV Turnoff

When I introduced the school-wide program today, "Turn off TV, Turn on Life" to my fourth-grade class, I had the answers to their questions prepared. Yes, you can still play on the computer. Yes, you can still play XBOX, Playstation and Nintendo. No, you cannot watch movies in a theater, or on TV, or on the computer. Yes, I know the Pistons are in the playoffs, and that our very own Tigers are doing great. So listen to the radio.

The student who resisted the most was my own boy. He said simply, "I'm not doing this, Mom."

I did have other students, however, who asked if they would be disqualified if they walked into a room where a TV was on. One student told me her parents make her leave the room when they want to watch the Sopranos. Whew! Thank God for that!

I wonder if I would be up to the challenge. I go to sleep lulled by the sound and the flickering lights of Nick at Nite. Then again, I do fall asleep earlier and even sweeter on Friday night when there is no TV to watch.

Maybe Air and I should be shining examples to our kids this week and next, and try it too.


Blogger Air Time said...

Not Likely

May 08, 2006 4:02 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Why did you have to do this when the playoffs are on?!? That's just torture.

May 08, 2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Emah S said...

doesn't look like you've won this debate?

ps. we too fall asleep to nick@nite.....had a good chuckle over the Good Times marathon this weekend...........48 hours straight.........that's 96 episodes of JJ....DYNOMITE! and no, we didn't watch them all, I think we watched 2 episodes Sat. night then were both out like a light! :)

May 08, 2006 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit in the blogosphere...

...I'm also from Detroit. If you're telling the truth I'll find out who u are. As for Detroit "Detroit is notorious for being home to many that are not the brightest bulbs." What the hell is that supposed to mean?!?!?!?! I guess all of the geniuses come from Brooklyn. That's why you pay $700,000 + to live in a polluted slime pit.
May 08, 2006
The Editor said...
UOJ, please bear w/ a short rant about Detroit frummies.


If you are a member of Agudat Chasidei Bozo, you know exactly who I am.

I also take exception to that slam against Detroit, though if it was a reference to the Yeshiva Gedola here, I'll gladly let it stand. Lots of smart people around here. This is more the global center for the auto industry than ever, and along with plenty of stupid frummies, there are some pretty smart Jews as well. But the YG here is almost filled with arrogant dolts. I pity the good kids there.

So much foolishness. Such little wisdom. Ironically, some of our finest teachers are also teaching small children, true tzadikim like Eli Gordon and Eliezer Durden. But the Yeshiva Gedola here is a joke. Everyone with any sense knows it. The only boys with any smarts there are the ones who must go there either because they are local and can't afford to go out of town or a handful of nice boys w/ family ties to the place. The rest of them are arrogant yutzes. Considering that it's hardly a first tier yeshiva...

This morning, I noticed a flier on the wall of Machon announcing an upcoming yarchei kallah on Halacha and Medical Ethics. Though most of the speakers are indeed more than qualified to speak on the subject, I thought it was ironic that the rosh yeshiva of the local yeshiva gedola was also on the schedule. You see, this yeshiva encourages boys to drop out of the secular program at 16 so they can focus full time on Torah study. I don't question the man's ability to discuss halacha, I just wonder if he knows anything about science and medicine. He certainly doesn't respect science and medicine.

Recently, I was talking with XXX, a young man as arrogant as his father is humble. XX, who is known by his friends, rebbes and everyone who as ever met him as an arrogant prick with a chip on his shoulder and a permanent smirk, is about 18 or so. I told him there wasn't any "shidduch problem" just 22 year old poretzes like him who wanted 18 y/o hotties. In that language. This product of the Yeshiva Gedola, smirked even wider and said "You're just jealous!". Kinda proved my point.

His older brother is Y, the high school dropout who has davinned musaf from the amud on Shabbat countless times though he never did a thing to deserve it, not even so much as serve a plate of cookies on kiddush in the shul...

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May 09, 2006 1:33 AM  
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