Saturday, May 14, 2005

REAL EDUCATOR in Washington DC

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington, DC was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.

That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.

Several memos were posted about this, without effect. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done.

She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls just how hard it was. Under careful instructions, the man took out a long-handled squeegee, solemnly dipped it in the nearest toilet bowl, and scrubbed at the mirror.

There was complete silence in the room. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are Teachers ... and then there are Educators.

8 comments:

glenn said...

Oh my goodness! What a great story!

Teacher Sol said...

OFF TOPIC: hi glenn (gaerlan), BTW, just accidentally found 2 more gaerlan bloggers, the wonders of the blogosphere! SAM BALIBIT (not his real name) and PRADA MAMA (not her real name). They're in my blog links. Your roots are from Dumaguete? What's your e-mail addy?

John said...

Ha ha ha.

But in all seriousness, I personally think that 12-year old girls are too young to be putting lipstick on. Or maybe I'm just conservative.

Teacher Sol said...

Hi John! Back from Vegas too soon? when I was 12, I was still playing Luksong Tinik and never bothered to care about how I looked like in front of the boys. Still in shock up to now with the culture of my Junior High students. Maybe I'm as conservative as you.

Zach Attack said...

Love your story! Take care.

TEACHER SOL said...

ZACH,

thanx for dropping by my blog. There was a military man, from the navy, who made a review of my DIGITAL BOOK (www.teachersol.blog-city.com) who really took the time to finish every page and chapter of the story. You're the first military man to appreciate my teaching blog though. Take care and keep writing! I'll be reading from now on.

milkphish said...

yes, 12 yr olds in public school start putting make-up on early. even in private school, these girls put on make-up right after school. i was given an option to go to an all-girl catholic school in ninth grade. but after observing the girls' short, short skirts, and the same girls putting on make-up in the bus on the way somewhere after school, i backed out and went to the local public school instead. i'm keeping a close eye (and an open communication) on my third grade daughter --- peer pressure is scary.

Teacher Sol said...

Good you pointed that out to me. It's really good to maintain an open communication with our kids. I guess it's still too early for me to get worried about my 7 y/o daughter putting on "real lipstick" (we let her put chapsticks, and she likes imitating mom putting on make-up) but lifes running too fast now.

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