Of all weeks in the school year, I can’t believe my son’s school chose this week to do this.
I have a love/hate relationship with my son’s school. Overall, I love the school, they do great things and, so far, I have loved his teachers but some things they do seriously irk me.
This week is one of the weeks I hate the school.
It’s Book Week and we got the following letter sent home:
“As part of our Book Week celebrations the students will have the opportunity to watch the The Lego Movie.”
I’m sorry, wait. Go back a step there. Watch The Lego Movie? As part of Book Week celebrations?
I’m sorry school but no, everything is NOT awesome.
The note itself was sent home as The Lego Movie is PG and we needed to give permission but that’s not the reason I have a problem. The reason I have a problem is why they are watching the movie. What I have written above is verbatim from the note they sent home. My son’s school is watching a movie “as part of Book Week celebrations.”
I’m sorry, what?
Did I miss something there?
It’s BOOK week.
Books. Reading. Words.
Not films, movies and cinematic experiences.
To make matters worse this is the second year in a row they have done this. I thought last year it was a mistake or slipped by someone but clearly this is a thing they choose to do.
I’m not sure what the Principal, or whoever decides this, is thinking but last time I checked Book Week is about encouraging kids to read. With recent fury over NAPLAN literacy results why does a school think it is okay to be promoting the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie in Book Week? It’s not even a movie based on a book. At the very least they could have shown Charlotte’s Web or Matilda.