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If Schools Keep Banning Valentine’s Day, We’ll Miss Out On Magic Like This

By dadcamp |

valentines writing rocksThis week I sat and watched my son carefully craft 19 valentines to each of his friends in his kindergarten class.

For an hour he measured his letters, focused on spelling, and did “homework” with a smile.

My 5-year-old is squarely in the iPad generation. Many are predicting handwriting will be obsolete; already cursive has drifted out of the curriculum – but there he sat practicing his printing because he wanted to.

Can you believe some schools are vetoing Valentine’s Day?

They are banning the cute cards for rules of fairness, wanting to make sure everybody gets one. Don’t be so surprised — we are the generation that makes sure everyone gets a participation ribbon and doesn’t keep score in soccer games.

A colleague’s daughter has had Valentine’s Day pulled from the school calendar over environmental concerns. The school wasn’t happy with all that paper getting tossed in the bin.

Ugh. Schools need to embrace Valentine’s Day!

Watch a young kid work on his valentines and you’ll see why more cards should be encouraged. My son didn’t touch the iPad. He didn’t watch TV. He focused on his writing.

On Valentine’s Day, my son will repeatedly count the cards in his box to keep score, and when he gets home he’ll read all the messages aloud to us with pride.

Reading. Writing. ‘Rithmetic. Who knew Valentine’s Day was part of the lesson plan? I think next year we shouldn’t just encourage the kids to write a card to everyone in their class, but everyone in the school! And again at Easter!!

Here’s some more inspiration as to why we should encourage our kids to write valentines, because without Valentine’s Day we’d lose this awesomeness:

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Schools Are Banning Valentine's Day And 8 Cute Kid Love Notes

Nice Rack, Mom.

Well, your heart is in your chest, right?
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DadCAMP is Buzz Bishop, a dad, broadcaster, writer, and runner from Calgary, Alberta. When not working the mic on XL103, or wrangling his two boys, he's always training for another Team Diabetes marathon somewhere in the world. Read bio and latest posts → Read Buzz's latest posts →

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One thought on “If Schools Keep Banning Valentine’s Day, We’ll Miss Out On Magic Like This

  1. David says:

    No surprise here. Schools have been ignorning Christmas, Halloween and Easter traditions for years. We changed schools this year, partly because of it. Soon there will be few Canadian traditions left, all because we don’t want to exclude anyone. And then they graduate and have to live, and dont know how. Awesome education system.

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