R.I.P., DIAPER GENIE. 2000-2005. YOU SERVED YOUR FAMILY WELL.


With Tiny Girl's rapid potty-training success, we sent our Diaper Genie to the recycling room last night. Thanks for everything, old friend. We're just sorry we never properly cleaned you. Really, really sorry ...


WE BLAME OUR MOTHER FOR OUR POOR SWIMMING ABILITY. SHE NEVER LET US GO IN THE WATER AFTER EATING, AND SINCE WE WERE ALWAYS EATING ...

Yesterday's Science Times lays to rest the myth of staying out of the water after eating a meal. However, the article does note that alcohol can have a profound effect on your risk of drowning.


SO, REMEMBER, EVA: NO COSMOPOLITANS FOR THE KIDS BEFORE THOSE SWIM CLASSES

Eva Moskowitz is chairwoman of the New York City Council's Education Committee, which is a tremendous responsibility, as she tries to fund schools, teachers, and programs, improve test scores, and raise the level of instruction in all five boroughs. Which makes us wonder why she wrote this surpassingly silly op-ed piece, urging the city to find the funds to teach all city schoolchildren  ... to swim. She points to the tragic statistic that four New Yorkers have drowned in the past month, and then bleats:

 

Ours is a city of islands, and yet hundreds of thousands of children and adults who grew up here do not know how to swim.
 

Yes, Eva, we live on islands, but this ain't exactly "Lost." We've got bridges now, you know. In other news, 80 percent of your city's schoolchildren can't pass a basic social-studies test. Many are undernourished, others can't speak English, plenty can't read. Eyes on the prize, Councilor.

 

THIS BABY PROBABLY SHOULDN'T GO IN THE WATER AT ALL

Milwaukee woman produces 13-pound, 12-ounce baby. Fonzie says, "Whoa!"

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Comments

Having a "learn to swim" campaign for NYC kids is not all that silly. The University of Chicago (and other colleges) used to require that students pass a swim test before they could graduate (for all I know, they still may), as the school founders believed that knowing how to swim was a part of a well-rounded education.

Besides the safety angle, it might not be that bad to promote a life-long exercise like swimming in this age of obesity (particularly for at-risk urban kids).

Posted by: Freelance Fan | Jul 8, 2005 3:38:54 PM

No, it's not at all silly to teach New York's kids to swim. But the city's underfunded public schools are quite different from overfunded private colleges like the U. of Chicago (or Harvard, or Brandeis, for that matter, both of which we believe have similar swim requirements). The money's just not there, and if it were, the list of priorities that would by necessity come before pool maintenance would be lengthy.

We wonder, though, if the city couldn't obtain private funding to be able to open up the public schools' pools for the summer for kid swimming classes that could be open to kids from across the city.

Sally, get me Eva Moskowitz on Line 1!

Posted by: Freelance Dad | Jul 11, 2005 6:21:33 PM

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