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Published: Friday, June 21 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

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Kathy.
Iowa, Iowa

Very sorry to read of such a parental gap in these young girls lives. Sad because it is almost impossible for others to make up the difference in their lives, the great big whole where a good parent would stand.

Nice that at least for this once someone was able to step in and was able to make a difference.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Kathy: What are you talking about? What parental gap? How does not having the money to spend $100+ on a doll equal a gap in parenting?

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

What I'm very sorry to read is this sad example of how racism is alive and well in black families today, and stupidity is alive and well in public school teachers. I refer to the 5th grader who exclaimed, "I know about this place. Only white girls can go there." Where would a child get an idea like this if not from within her family or her community?

Also, Mr. Robinson made a very sorry mistake by failing to teach the truth, and that is that nobody GIVES you money, you EARN money! Or has this basic economic principle been abandoned? Why not allow the girls the experience of working to earn those dollars received through generous donations?

And then to provide manis and pedis for 10-year-olds; make-up artists, photographers, videographers and a LIMOUSINE? Have they lost their minds?? That’s the best use they could think of for those donations?

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

Cont’d

Then we learn that the girls had “two etiquette workshops under their belts”, evidently to provide what Robinson thought was most needed; “An opportunity to turn around the thinking of girls when they think of image”. Yes, image; so much more important than life skills or reality.

In reality what this teacher actually taught was: 1) You will be provided with what you want, with no effort on your part; 2) We will go way overboard, just because we can; and 3) overpriced goods matter this much. Wow! Talk about teaching enslavement to false principles.

Seek to understand
Sandy, UT

I guess what this teacher did was nice and well intentioned. Wouldn't it have been better to teach the girls that $100 dolls are not connected with their identity? That they can distinguish themselves in ways that have nothing to do with money or dolls, and that if they don't have the resources to participate in our ridiculous material world, they can spend their time and energy on other more worthwhile things, that would boost their self-esteem in real ways that would be lasting?

As my daughter's American Girl doll sits in a box (she is now grown) and she is busy in a career working hard to make a difference in kids' lives, I am grateful she was not persuaded that a doll or any other material item held any real significance, because they do not. She rarely touched her doll and it was a waste of money. I believed it was good parenting at one time to provide that for her. I see now it was misguided thinking.

Teach those girls to be as smart as they can be, and as good as they can be. Then, they will fit in anywhere.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I grew up with older sisters in my family who loved dolls and married a truly lover of of dolls. I know that there is [I don't know] a spiritual connection. Sounds odd, but I think there is something real between the doll and the person. It's not about ego.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Lasvegaspam: The money was used for the purpose for which it was raised.

And it is no more wrong for these girls to experience this than it is for any other girl to experience it.

As for raising the money themselves, sure - let's get a bunch of 10 year old girls who live in high poverty neighborhoods selling lemonade or doing something else to raise a hundred or so dollars each - and while we are at it, let's kill Santa Claus off also lest he teach children their is kindness in the world.

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

OR let’s elevate Beyonce to hero status, and then enslave our kids into mimicking her instead of opening their little teachable minds to the real heros of the world.

Kalindra, the lack of wisdom in this “teacher’s” choice of how to spend OPM (Other People’s Money) exactly reflects the same problem in our government today.

Wise teachers (including parents and grandparents) have always created ways to allow kids the experience of earning. How difficult is it to take jobs that must be done (within the classroom, within the school) and offer money for them? What parent hasn’t offered cash for grade improvement? Or for number of stories read, or for number of book reviews, or for help tutoring other students, etc. etc.)

Field trips used to be taken in (gasp) school busses; and principals had to approve them. That meant (gasp) they needed to be “educational”.

This story ought to be filed under “Outrageous Errors Made by Educator-Wannabees” or, if you’re a liberal, “Things That Make Ya Feel Good”.

AkMama
ANCHORAGE, AK

While understanding the teacher’s intent, to show the girls that they can be and do anything, I think his method was misguided. He left off the all-important, if you’re willing to work for it. It appears the teacher came up with a plan to provide this highly materialistic experience for these little girls. And then gave it to them. The girls weren’t involved with the website. They did no research, read no books, wrote no essays or letters, were involved in none of the planning. His ‘teaching’ was an excellent replica of much of modern parenting, but that is not the model, in teaching or parenting, that produces the next great generation. While I’m glad the little girls had fun (what woman doesn’t enjoy a day at the spa that includes shopping and lunch), the opportunity to teach was badly missed.

And on another note, I can afford American dolls but would never spend the money. Why? Really cool stuff that costs too much money, and for what? The books I buy. Great formulaic reading series to get young girls interested in reading and history.

Kathy.
Iowa, Iowa

@Kalindra

Had absolutely nothing to do with the dolls but the girls image of themselves.

"And they believed they belonged there or anywhere else"

Of course they belong anywhere and can do anything---why weren't they taught that simple truth at home?

lllslc
North Salt Lake, UT

I am shocked by how judgmental all of the comments are. How about letting these girls have a fun day like a lot of other girls get to? Some of you bought your girls the same dolls because you could afford to. There is nothing wrong with these girls experiencing some pampering. Many people donate to charities that support foster children and children in need so that they can have special experiences that they might not otherwise have. These girls know how hard real life is. They know what it means to not have any money, to go hungry, cold, and wear worn out clothing. So, they get a fun day in the city and a special experience? Be happy for them. They are well aware of the difference between the haves and the have nots. Lighten up a bit and let them enjoy life for a day. They are learning plenty of life lessons.

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

lllslc: $14,000 = 28 new laptops

Or 56 new programs of Rosetta Stone.

Hmmmmmmm. I wonder which choice will take these girls further??

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