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The burrito boy is in 7th grade; he turned 13 a couple months ago. Here's an email message I sent to the principal of his school last night.

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Hopefully you don't mind serving as a filter for my anger, so that when I shout "what the hell was she thinking," the message you pass along to the person in question is a more measured, "one or more parents may have expressed concerns about one or more specific instances of your judgment."

Here's what I'm angry about.

The boy comes in and mentions that he was just looking up his name on urbandictionary.com. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/)

"Uhh... who told you about that?" I ask, because as far as I know, that web site is only useful when you need to know the term for defecating on a prostitute's chest.

"REDACTED; someone used the word 'ratchet,' and she wanted to know what it meant, so she looked it up on urbandictionary.com, and then she looked up her name. She didn't read us everything on the page, though!"

Setting aside the question of why she didn't use A DICTIONARY--even m-w.com or dictionary.com if she finds books confounding--rather than a site where any semi-literate idiot can add his own bullshit definitions for bullshit terms... how could she think that site was appropriate for kids?

Right now, the "words of the day" ON THE SITE'S MAIN PAGE include "Fuck outta here," "sober wasted," and "fapulous"--a play on "fap," which the site helpfully defines as an onomatopoeic representation of masturbation. Possibly funny, but absolutely not appropriate for a teacher to share with my child.

If you like, click on the "random" link a few times (http://www.urbandictionary.com/random.php) and see what you find most appalling: the terms being defined, the ignorance & misogyny exhibited in the examples, or the spelling & grammar. This is where she showed kids to go to learn things! What the hell was she thinking?

--Rusty

Earlier drafts were a bit more caustic, but my doctor has advised me to cut back on gratuitous personal attacks, so I had to edit out a lot of less classy material. Also, although disappointing, "as far as I know" seemed more prudent than "in my experience" in the sentence about pooping on prostitutes. ("Or so I've heard" simply wasn't plausible, given my arrest record.)

(Apparently I wasn't the only one who complained; the boy said that, during an unrelated assembly today, the principal said she'd received multiple emails, but he was maddeningly vague about the details of what she said.)

EDIT: to be clear, REDACTED is one of his teachers, not a fellow student.
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Quite a fapulous post, as always, Rusty.
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I agree with you. The teacher didn't know the meaning of "ratchet"?
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You'd think given all the sites most schools block, that urbandictionary.com wouldn't have been available.
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Ha:
urbandictionary.com wrote:

1. Ratchet
A diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason to believe she is every mans eye candy. Unfortunately, she's wrong.

2. Ratchet
It's a fucking socket wrench.


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Sometimes you need to be one of those parents. SIC EM!!!

You know what's fun? Go to the school board with it...
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sdonohue wrote:
You'd think given all the sites most schools block, that urbandictionary.com wouldn't have been available.

She may have used her phone and that's why the kid was using the home computer
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jmilum wrote:
sdonohue wrote:
You'd think given all the sites most schools block, that urbandictionary.com wouldn't have been available.

She may have used her phone and that's why the kid was using the home computer


Possibly. My wife's district has a policy that teachers aren't to connect to the internet using their own electronics. They made the policy after students spotted a substitute teacher surfing porn on his cellphone during class.
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kuhrusty wrote:
Setting aside the question of why she didn't use A DICTIONARY

Which, in turn, is setting aside the question of WHY DOESN'T SHE KNOW WHAT RATCHET MEANS
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Gola wrote:
kuhrusty wrote:
Setting aside the question of why she didn't use A DICTIONARY

Which, in turn, is setting aside the question of WHY DOESN'T SHE KNOW WHAT RATCHET MEANS
I admit, I also had no idea that ratchet could mean a diva who thinks she is eye candy but isn't. Thanks, urbandictionary, for improving my vocabulary!
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I find it hilarious, but I gotta think a more professional approach would have gotten a better response right? They are more likely to disregard your email/complaint as written.

The defecating on a prostitutes chest line made me snort though.

also, which ratchet was she looking up?

did a student use the slang therefore leading her to urbandictionary (though it should not have ben done during class)
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Urban Dictionary is where I go when I want to laugh at the idiots that create the entries. The fact that a teacher used it is really depressing. She could have at least used Wikipedia if she wasn't going to use a real encyclopedia.

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This is disgusting and makes me weep for our future.
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kuhrusty wrote:
If you like, click on the "random" link a few times (http://www.urbandictionary.com/random.php) and see what you find most appalling: the terms being defined, the ignorance & misogyny exhibited in the examples, or the spelling & grammar. This is where she showed kids to go to learn things! What the hell was she thinking?
...Still beats conservapedia.com in accuracy.
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One of those parents who believes his 7th grader when he says he learned from a teacher about a site that is essentially ambrosia to seventh graders?

25 years ago: "Where'd you get that Playboy, son?" "It came in the mail!"

I'm a little worried you are getting a teacher who connects with her students in big trouble. But then she didn't know what "ratchet" meant, which is not good (but maybe she WAS looking for the slang definition).
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I weep for the species...

braveheart101 wrote:
Urban Dictionary is where I go when I want to laugh at the idiots that create the entries.
I've tried that too back when I first found out about that site. Unfortunately the level if ignorance is too painful for me to derive any enjoyment from it and on comedic level they are about equally skilled...
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heinrichsteven wrote:
This is disgusting and makes me weep for our future.

Kempeth wrote:
I weep for the species...

What I find upsetting is that everyone is weeping and wringing their hands over this little urbandictionary kerfuffle and nobody seems to care that somewhere out there prostitutes are getting pooped on.
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Gola wrote:

What I find upsetting is that everyone is weeping and wringing their hands over this little urbandictionary kerfuffle and nobody seems to care that somewhere out there prostitutes are getting pooped on.


Think of the weaving huts!
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I think you thoroughly over-reacted.

Are you Amish? Has your son been banned from the internet for life? You can hardly do a web search without Urban Dictionary coming up in the results.

Hell, my work doesn't block it and they block EVERYTHING.

You don't seem to be the kind of person to worry too much about your kids having information. Even if it's information you'd rather they not know, it's still an opportunity to talk about the information, what Urban Dictionary is and what you think about it.

I agree that it was poor judgement on the teacher's part but wouldn't it have been better to ask her directly about her choices instead of involving the principal in the matter?
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I agree that it was poor judgement on the teacher's part but wouldn't it have been better to ask her directly about her choices instead of involving the principal in the matter?

Parents aren't allowed to talk to teachers directly in many school districts. Indeed, they will flat-out refuse contact information.
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jumbit wrote:
CrankyPants wrote:
I agree that it was poor judgement on the teacher's part but wouldn't it have been better to ask her directly about her choices instead of involving the principal in the matter?

Parents aren't allowed to talk to teachers directly in many school districts. Indeed, they will flat-out refuse contact information.
Seriously? WTF? Guess those districts don't have parent-teacher conferences?
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I would have laughed it off. Then torn a strip out of the principal.

Going to post the response?
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shumyum wrote:
One of those parents who believes his 7th grader when he says he learned from a teacher about a site that is essentially ambrosia to seventh graders?

25 years ago: "Where'd you get that Playboy, son?" "It came in the mail!"

I'm a little worried you are getting a teacher who connects with her students in big trouble. But then she didn't know what "ratchet" meant, which is not good (but maybe she WAS looking for the slang definition).


I agree that you may not know for sure that the teacher actually was the one who initially presented this information to the class. But, it's uncertain. If she did, it was very poor judgment on her part.

However, sometimes a student will bring it up and then the teacher has to think on his or her feet to try to minimize the impact and trying to address concerns about children. 7th graders can quickly conflate what different people say and do, especially if they themselves don't know the whole story.

As a substitute, I once had a 4th grader who brought up the name Hugh Heffner when discussing magazines they knew since we were talking about different forms of media. I was rather taken aback and said he shouldn't know about his and then I told the class we weren't going to discuss him. I didn't say because it was inappropriate because I knew that that would only give kids further incentive to look him up when they got home.
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From my very limited experience with the school my children go to, an email like that would have had the police at my door in regards to threats made to school personnel.
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Dave wrote:
Ha:
urbandictionary.com wrote:

2. Ratchet
It's a fucking socket wrench.



Ahh, so that's what a socket wrench is for!
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