The adage goes that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so some local schools are issuing back to school lists for their students that might defy conventional wisdom. Students have long tried to get away with as much as they can, and when they are reprimanded, parents often step in and claim their child has the right to use that for which the child has been punished.

Cell phones are the best example of this, with many schools trying to impose bans on phones, mainly because they are used to text others during class. However, parents insist that cell phones should be allowed for safety’s sake, and schools must abide by the will of the parents. Also, since students are being trained to be the working masses, they should be allowed the same opportunities to avoid work that they will utilize while working someday.

Here are some of the items and rationale for those items on back to school lists:

  1. Cell phones—safety is an issue in schools. Besides, students should learn how to multitask, and someone who is not able to carry on a text conversation and take notes in history class is lacking a very important skill set.

There are ten more surprising items here:

 

Monday, July 16, 2007 19169
First off, I have to say I’m sorry for stumbling into the house all late with Cal the other night. Really, it was totally mean, even though it was the weekend and you didn’t have to get up for anything. And you’d never really complained about my late hours too much before. Anyway, like I said, I’m sorry, and I do appreciate the fact that you let me stay here while I’m in college and all that, and that you clean my room for me when I can’t find the floor.
Sunday, June 19, 2011 11707
I’ve lived in West Allis since I was born, and though I’m no mechanic or anything, I do appreciate a loud V8 engine. However, when I was watching a race last week, I started wondering how I could rig my Monte Carlo to make fire like the ones on TV. Obviously, I don’t want a rocket on my car—I just want it to send a little fire out the tailpipes when I pass someone on Highway 100. Is that too much to ask? So I went to Autozone and asked someone there if they had a device to make fire come out of my car. The guy told me they don’t sell such a product and that it would probably not be street legal.

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