Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’

I have always wondered about Valentine’s Day, its legitimacy, and its customs in our American society. I just found Orson Scott Card’s clever article about the subject, with a small excerpt here, where he is talking about elementary school children giving each other Valentines:

The effect, though, was to utterly devastate the people — mostly the less-attractive or shyer girls — who got no valentines. What were the teachers thinking? Did we really need one more opportunity to get our feelings hurt at school?

I remember two teachers, in two different years, who actually conducted a public count of how many valentines each person received, announcing a girl winner and a boy winner. One of them even announced the ones who received the least, though the other had the decency to conceal that information.

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The cruel things we do to our children…

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