Naming Babies and Ruining Your Life In Middle School

by beagooddad on December 18, 2007

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A family in Italy named their son Friday.  He was baptised Friday and spent his first five months as a Friday.  Then the courts got involved.  They decided that Friday was not an acceptable name “because it recalled the servile savage in Daniel Defoe‘s novel Robinson Crusoe and because superstitious Italians consider Friday an unlucky day.”  So the court decided that henceforth, he shall be named Gregory “after the saint whose feast day he was born on.”

For the record, I think I now find the name Gregory offensive so they might want to start looking for a new name.

The lesson is of course that you should always consult with the local government officials before naming your child to make sure that the courts are not aware of any possible offenses your child’s name could cause others.  I’m glad we were able to sneak in all of our names before this trend catches on in America.

Also in the news: Are we putting too much pressure on kids at too young of an age?  Should kids in middle school need to think about guiding their academic life toward college?  That’s a lot of pressure on kids that should be spending most of their time wondering why their voices are changing and why those two girls giggle every time they walk by.

I’m a big fan of encouraging kids to constantly learn new, exciting, fun stuff.  I am a huge believer that the A/B/C/D/F scale is a horrible system.  After all, why would we skip E.  Don’t these academic people even no their alphabet?

Is it possible to run a public school system where kids advance grades because they actually learn all of the things required in that grade instead of just managing to score a 70% or better?  Is it possible to get rid of ACTs/SATs and actually start teaching kids to want to learn instead of how to pass a test?  Is it possible for kids to play basketball or an instrument because it is fun and not because it will look good on a college entrance form?

Probably not until we find a way for people to believe that they can have a decent, happy life with a decent job without going to the best possible college that they can squeeze into.  I have a 2 year degree (most of which was earned after starting my career), have been working as a programmer for 8 years since leaving the Air Force.  I make decent enough money and have perfectly acceptable work responsibilities.  And I have had zero dollars in student loans for quite a few years now.

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