Wednesday, March 05, 2008

There’s A Bug In The System

(Actually, There’s A System In The Bug)

An Eagle Rock (Los Angeles) teacher doesn't want any bugs squashed in her classroom, so she's appointed a student insect monitor to take wiggling, creepy critters outside. Melodie Conrad's be-kind-to-bugs effort is getting praise from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which is giving her its Compassionate Teacher Award. The Eagle Rock Elementary School & Magnet Center teacher says she is aiming to instill a sense of respect for life.

FOOTNOTE: Insect aside.

22 comments:

Hilary said...

Sadly, nobody has instilled a sense of human respect in PETA. They've become a pretty horrible group disguised as animal lovers. They BUG me!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

You know, if there's anything to reincarnation, those bugs might me somebodys mama. I say treat mama with respect, until she sinks her stinger/fangs/whatever in you. Then the gloves go off.

Tammy said...

I'm a big bug killer. It's either them or me. lol!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

When I was a kid I was the family’s designated Catch the Bug and Release It Outside person. Come to think of it, I also did the same thing as an adult. I respect the life of every sentient creature.

Seamus said...

Three cheers for that teacher! We are a catch-and-release household as well!

BTW - thank you for the shout-out this morning! :)

Jeff B said...

I love the foot note on this one, as for the bugs, not so much. SWAT!

WomanHonorThyself said...

wowza..some pple eat fried roaches ya know...whats for din din ? ha

Alex L said...

PETA bucnh of whackos. I dont mind bugs, but they mind me, so its WAR.

Am'n2deep said...

A teacher after my own heart. :)

travelling, but not in love said...

Maybe the school should set up an education monitor in her classroom to make sure the kids are actually being taught to read, add up, draw, etc.

Seems like focusing on these is far more worthwhile than watching out for bugs....

Maggie May said...

I think more time should be spent teaching manners & how to get on with people & less time on silly things. I have watched the way children treat bugs in the playground! They are very cruel!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I could never kill one of God's creatures. I'm not saying I like bugs and creepy crawlies however, just that I couldn't get rid of them.

Crystal xx

Shrinky said...

Good on her. I catch any bug and put it out, except for moths. That's when when I go out (eeeeek)!

nitebyrd said...

Respecting all forms of life is admirable but I wonder how much education the appointed "bug monitor" is receiving. Being alert for insects that lose their way and end up in a classroom must prove daunting.

How typical of our state of California to award this obsessive behavior.

Hilary said...

I should add that I do think this teacher is in fact teaching kindness and respect for nature. I didn't get that she was actually placing one of the students on alert for bugs, just that he or she would be the one responsible for removing them should someone happen upon an insect in the room.

Dan Mega said...

Kudos to the teacher for respecting nature. Its not good for us to kill the bugs cause it breaks the cycle. If spiders want to catch them, that is fine, cause they will eat em.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

This made me laugh out loud! My youngest son, Brian, is a bug rescuer, too! Ever since I can remember he has been capturing spiders, ants, and an occasional fly if he can catch it, and releasing them outside in our backyard, rather than squishing them. He told me very matter of fact one day that, "a life is a life, no matter how small." As long as I don't have to touch them, I'm all for it! :o)

Lizzy

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Good grief. Well, this is California. Here you can get mugged in a crowd of folks. Respect for life. In California? Bwahahahahaha. Well, perhaps just in her classroom, and just bugs. What a whack job. Really, what are you smoking lady? Bwahahahahaha. Good one David. Have a great day. :)

Hammer said...

If I were in that class, I would smuggle in a backpack full of fire ants and see if that teacher can keep herself from smushing one :D

Vienna for Beginners said...

We too have what Seamus calls a catch-and-release household, except for mosquitoes. Our spiders seem to be a very grateful sort, they weave their webs in hidden corners, yet let nary a bug bother our household.

Ms.L said...

Aww I love her!
In my house we do the same thing. I will not tolerate anyone,guests or not killing anything here. I once lost a friend who was afraid of spiders because I wouldn't kill one for her! oooh that made me so mad..

Janice Thomson said...

It's great there are people out there teaching others to respect life - including an insect's life. Hopefully the teacher expands this to include human and other animal life as well.