Announcing the 2007 Thinking Parent Sweet Waffle Kohn Awards

12 04 2007

In honor of all the education competitions and awards we find bogus, and all the criticism good parents and great kids endure that’s even more bogus, Cocking a Snook hereby announces the 2007 Thinking Parent Sweet Waffle Kohn Awards!

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Feel free to lobby us shamelessly for the next few days while we make stuff up that might get us out of this with a few laughs and some new blog fodder.

 

JJ thinks a prize to the best essay on Alfie Kohn in the last year should certainly be involved, hey, didn’t Pam Sorooshian get to drive him around in her car or something at a conference?

You don’t have to enter to win!

(but it helps, we’re old after all)

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12 04 2007
JJ

My mom was a university guidance counselor with a graduate psychology degree, and she loved this joke:
how many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Answer: only one, but the lightbulb has to want to really change.

So I’m thinking that these awards should go to you all, but only if you really want one, and for the right reasons. 🙂

12 04 2007
Doc

I think I deserve some kind of “wrestling a pig” award. I do it over and over!

12 04 2007
Doc

And I want to add that Alfie looks like the guy always picked last in team sports.

12 04 2007
JJ

We are but the product of our environment and experiences! 🙂

12 04 2007
Not June Cleaver

So is that like YOUR hand and YOUR waffle “kohn” and YOUR ice cream?

I really like Alfie, even though I probably wouldn’t have picked him for my team. I didn’t get to drive him around in my car, but I did sit about 6 feet away from him when he spoke at GMU. And I’ve always taught people not to wrestle with pigs. And well, I’m not a psychologist, but my sister is. So, um…. I forget where I was going with all this.

12 04 2007
Doc

I do live on a farm….

12 04 2007
kim

I’m cool with the Kohn cone award, but only if EVERYONE who enters the contest wins equal amounts of treats. Yum.

13 04 2007
JJ

How do otherwise-wise women get so intent on porcine lipsticking that they get sucked into the muck for another round? Have you figured it out yet? — I’m still working on it . . .

13 04 2007
JJ

All this drooling over waffle kohns and divvying up of yummy treats reminded me of the School Cupcake Ban. Maybe we can inscribe this on the awards?

Oddly enough, once cupcakes were banned at school, she found herself baking them at home. For the first time in her life.

13 04 2007
Nance Confer

This is all making me very hungry!

I demand a breakfast muffin before anything else is considered. Then I should get an award for irrational demands! 🙂

Nance

13 04 2007
JJ

To Not JC:
Um. No on all counts. It’s not even my camera.
I kinda borrowed it from the universal consciousness to make a point.

My unschooled children taught me to download. (Antisocial of them, as it turns out! There will no doubt be punishment and retribution if it turns out we’re wrong about the world.)

13 04 2007
JJ

HA! Sorry Nance, the Irrational Demands competition is VERY stiff this year and you’re just an amateur . . .

13 04 2007
samhuh

muffin? she said muffin? Did Nance forget about bacon and eggs and ham and biscuits and blueberry pancakes and . . . and . . .

13 04 2007
JJ

Anybody wanna do Idiot of the Year awards next?
Aw heck, some upstart MSM blogger beat us to it. . .but I’m okay with the judge’s choice on this one!

p.s. Dawn, there are comics!

14 04 2007
Not June Cleaver

Hey JJ, the Gator stuff showed up yesterday from the in-laws. I knew they would send some!! I’d have fun wearing it in Tallahassee if I were there!

14 04 2007
JJ

HA! Thanks NotJC, you made my afternoon.
I do wear a gold Albert from a numbered artisan series (probably 30+ years ago) that I inherited from my mom, on a long gold chain. It’s like my little secret connection to Gainesville and Gator Nation no matter what season it is or how rough a season we’re having at the time. 🙂

14 04 2007
Not June Cleaver

Hey now! I like that NotJC moniker. It’s actually way better than the NJC that some have given me — for many reasons!! HAHAHA. WWNotJC do??

And I’m not a Gator, but I feel like one because I have no allegiance to my alma mater(s). As I mentioned on my blog, thanks to multiple choice tests, I’m over educated and under-learned (two masters, not piled higher and deeper like you, just wider).

NotJC

14 04 2007
Not June Cleaver

Oh wait, I guess that should have been WWNJCD?

14 04 2007
JJ

Funny you mention piled higher and deeper (phd for any readers not weaned on academe) — I was thinking of that this week, the “philosophy” part of it anyway. How much I’d rather think deep and wide thoughts about philosophy than religion, and of myself as a philosopher rather than being defined out by what I am not, as an “a-theist.”

I guess I’m also a-zodiacal and a-superstitious, for example, but would never think to say so. 🙂

15 04 2007
JJ

How about a prize for coining the “Best New Word For Secular Homeschooling?”

Thanks to Daryl posting some drivel by Cal Thomas , I came up with “homoschooling” but don’t let me win this category without some spirited competition!
–and if I do, maybe we should change it from best to “worst” new word? 😉

15 04 2007
JJ

Speaking of inheriting tokens of identity from your mom– this made me think of my class rings from high school and UF. When FavD started college classes actually on campus, at 15, I gave her my Gainesville High School class ring and told her it would mean much more to us, about her years of learning without high school, than it ever meant to me coming as it had from a commercial jeweler to my anonymously huge high school.

(We did no bogus school ceremony or pretense she was being “graduated” or had earned it scholastically, etc — it was much more like me inheriting the gold UF Albert my mother had worn, without me dying – a bonus!)

I had loved it and her, and it had nothing to do with schooling. FavD loves my ring that same way, and also she got to wear it at the age most high school juniors do, and it meant something to her privately while she was away from us all “at school” for the first time, made her feel more like one of the regular kids in a way we could feel good about, like a badge of belonging there and a reminder of home at the same time. Power of story! 🙂

On a side note, I lost my wedding rings a couple of years ago and so I have been wearing my UF class ring with a thin gold band beneath it instead. It feels good to have new meanings for these rings instead of them in some drawer (for hopefully many more decades) until I pass them on by passing on . . .

15 04 2007
JJ

Unsettling coincidence — right after I posted my class ring story, FavD brought in yesterday’s mail and there was a postcard asking me to save a date for my *35th* high school reunion at the Gainesville Woman’s Club. (I haven’t been back since Year20, and wasn’t keeping track, damn them all for reminding me!)

The Woman’s Club is where we used to have our junior high cotillions. I wonder if I would feel not just like going back to high school then, but maybe as if I had gone back to age 12 or so?

15 04 2007
JJ

If there’s any good news about a graduating class of 1000-plus, it is that several hundred are bound to make it to the 35th reunion, I suppose . . .

15 04 2007
JJ

Do I get the “Biggest Graduating Class That Alienated a Mom Into Unschooling” award then? Or can someone top that? 🙂

20 04 2007
JJ

Valerie does her part for the awards spirit at “Happy as Kings” and earns herself a Sweet Waffle Kohn for Best Sharing of the Spirit! 🙂

20 04 2007
Valerie

Thank you, thank you. A question, though. Does one wear the Sweet Waffle Kohn pointy end up? Does this make me a Kohn head?

20 04 2007
JJ

Silly – one waits until a pair has been earned and wears them as a set, like Madonna.

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