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Now all students can go on the D.C. Safety Patrol Trip?

Old 09-09-2015, 08:11 AM
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Default Now all students can go on the D.C. Safety Patrol Trip?

I may have details I'm not aware of but my daughter joined the safety patrol at her school this year so she could go on the trip to D.C. She also doesn't mind doing her small part to assist with opening doors or reminding the younger kids to hold the railing as they walk up and down the stairs. But of course she probably wouldn't wake up 45 minutes early every day to do this just because.

She wants something, she wants to go on the D.C. trip that to my knowledge has always been for those kids that volunteered their time and effort to help out. And that is the reward.

Now she says she really doesn't want to do the safety patrol anymore so we ask why. She says bc any student can go now. You just have to pay (you have to pay for a safety patrol to go anyway). Her mom and I suggested she finish out her commitment to the safety patrol and she is doing so.

But even a 10 year olds immediate reaction is of disappointment in the fact that doing extra gets you nowhere. We explained that doing extra throughout life will get you farther than not. But I have to say that is getting to be a harder sell even in my own mind.

The schools explanation was that some kids wanted to be safety patrol but there were just too many already. I get that and would not want any willing kid to be left out due to a technicality. However they seem to have no issue finding a way to provide an open invite (so long as mommy and daddy pay up) for the trip. That alone includes having extra chaperone's, travel, lodging, meals, etc.

Could they not have put half that effort into finding other small tasks for the extra kids that wanted to be safety patrol? You know, the opportunity to teach the kids that extra effort does have reward.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:18 AM
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It's easier to include everybody after somebody bitches than try to justify why somebody wasn't included.

What's that? your kid put in his safety patrol application after the deadline and now isn't in? Oh, that's okay, we'll still reward you by allowing him to go.

Nobody wins.

But that's how this society is. Do extra? You're doing it "for the good of society. You shouldn't expect anything extra". And they're partially right, don't expect anything for your extra work, cuz you won't get it......unless you just want to pay more taxes.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:42 AM
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Wow, all 3 of my kids did the trip, but back then (my youngest graduated in 09), only the safety patrol could go. They actually went on the train back then iirc. It really is a shame to see the world change as it has in lately. Kudos for pushing your daughter to finish her commitment.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:54 AM
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It's the academic version of a participation trophy (however, participation optional;trophy guaranteed)
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