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Joyce in chicago
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USA
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Posted - 07/09/2006 :  04:45:58 AM  Show Profile Send Joyce in chicago a Private Message
In the final analysis, most anything that we use in a classroom could be considered a potential weapon. Let;s consider the thumb tack that has terrorized unsuspecting youngsters for ages! When left on a chair pointy side up, it has been known to get attention from the opposite sex. The stapler is another lethal candidate. When opened flat, it can, with perfect aim ,inflict great pain. With both the stapler and the thumb tack, teachers have had their lives transformed when assembling papers or displaying the beautiful work of students. It is most unfortunate that knitting needles have been relagated in SOME schools to the banned list. Without my knitting, my students would wonder what has happened to their dear teacher. I knit while we lunch. When in an assembly, my most hyper students sit near me and each hold a ball of the softest yarn in my stash. They unwind and rewind while all the time displaying a sense of calm and utter relaxation. Knitting club is before school on Fridays for both students and parents. Knitting needles are dsiplayed in my many bud vases throughout the room. Let's not let our classrooms become a prison community where all objects are considered suspect! The one who wants to hurt another will do so without the assistance of a thumb tack, a stapler or God forbid, a knitting needle.

J in Chicago
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craftybernie
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United Kingdom
398 Posts

Posted - 07/09/2006 :  06:34:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit craftybernie's Homepage Send craftybernie a Private Message
@ RatherBKnittig - I started reading this article thinking what a lovely story, you taught your daughter and she spread the knowledge. I wasn't expecting the last paragraph where the principal banned knitting! What a shock. This is definitely one for the board of governors at your daughter's school. Such a shame that their creativity is being dealt with in such a negative manner.

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KnittAR
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USA
575 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2006 :  7:29:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittAR's Homepage Send KnittAR a Private Message
We have many knit groups at our small school. I teach knitting at our afterschool program, and some of the teachers let the kids knit during free time, or when the teacher is reading out loud. I really hope they don't take this away from the kids. Someone needs to start a petition or something to fix this. We need lots of new knitters!!

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