Round up #292: literally embarrassed, hey kid stop reading!

Round up #292: literally embarrassed, hey kid stop reading!

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

It’s not as dangerous as not reading on the bus!

Look, I’ve read pretty much everywhere in my life. Okay, no, I don’t read when I’m driving a car (but I do listen to text-to-speech). However, planes, trains, and automobiles (as a passenger)? Absolutely!

I did have a friend who got stitches once…riding a bicyble and reading a book. Glanced up from the book, and hit a parked truck.

Still, this

Galleycat story by Dianna Dilworth

really gets my goat!

It’s about a schoolbus driver in Canada who has asked an eight-year old to stop reading on the bus!

Never, ever, ask someone to stop reading…especially children.

The bus driver apparently thinks it is dangerous.  According to the story, “The bus driver claims that other students might want to see what she is reading and stand up or that she might get hurt herself if the corner of the book pokes her in the eye.”


I hope to Hemingway that other students want to see what the student is reading! Maybe they’ll start reading themselves. 🙂

As to getting “poked in the eye”…um, what is this kid doing, reading the book sideways? I would guess every one of my readers had gotten a book in the face at some point (falling asleep, for example), and it’s never a corner.

Nobody else has other “pokey” things? Maybe not…don’t want to presume.

When I was in school, we had some ridiculous safety rules passed. You couldn’t bring troll dolls to school…because you might choke on the hair. Mind you, these were at least fourth graders. You couldn’t wear the big Batman buttons (Bang! Pow!) because you might get poked by the pin back (okay, that’s possible…but not likely). You couldn’t bring


(two balls connected by string that you rhythmically swung into each) because they might shatter.

Yes, yes, those things could happen…but really, we all felt they were denied because they were distracting, not because they were unsafe. I mean, we had a jungle gym and monkey bars, right? They weren’t all that concerned about our safety. 😉

Oh, you don’t often see me get riled up like this, and I’m smiling while I’m writing it, even though I think it’s a serious issue.

I shall meditate this evening on how I can frame it for myself that the bus driver has a legitimate point…but I’m not there yet. 🙂

Oh, and I remember Dr. Dean Edell (I think it was) talking about distracted driving rules…I think it was banning even hands free cellphone calls. The doctor made the point that we would save a ton of lives each year if we made people wear crash helmets in cars, the way we do on motorcycles, but that’s not going to happen. That doesn’t meant that talking on a cellphone is good…it obviously raises distraction levels…as does talking to another person in the car and listening to the radio…

This me, soapbox…getting off now. 🙂

Fire TV vs. Fire TV Stick…round two

Not too long, I wrote about our

Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

working noticeably better than our

Fire TV Stick (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

One of my regular readers, Tom Semple, suggested that it might have to do with the placement of the devices in the house.

Well, with a recent update, the Fire TV can connect with Bluetooth headphones…and the Fire TV Stick can’t (at least, it doesn’t have the choice in the same place).

That got me to switch the to devices…putting the Fire TV in the family room. That’s where I work out in the morning, and I’ve been watching CNN while I do that on closed captioning…at least, the part where I can’t do it while reading on my

Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I figured having Bluetooth headphones and listening to news apps would work better.

I’d never used Bluetooth headphones, by the way. I chose a second product from Arctic. I’d recently bought the

ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered 92mm Portable Fan, Portable Cooling Solution, Quiet Fan – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for $7.99.

My office at work is stuffy, and this has been a wonderful thing…and it’s quiet enough that I can have it on during conference calls or while on a Webex.

So, I thought I’d try their

ARCTIC P324 BT (Black) – Bluetooth (V4.0) Headset with Neckband – Headphones with integrated Microphone – Perfect for Sport (at AmazonSmile*)

Again, that’s relatively inexpensive, but I’m pleased. I can’t tell yet how durable they will be, but both the fan and the headphones are serviceable. I’m not a fan of earbuds, and even though my Significant Other said these over-the-ear models made me look like Princess Leia 😉 I like them.

It’s also a little weird getting used to how they go on your head (not over the top of your head, but across the back of them), but they seem to stay even when I’m moving around. The range was pretty good, too…and it really surprised me that someone could hear me okay when making a phone call. The microphone is on the earpiece…not sticking out in front by my mouth.

Listening to music on Bluetooth headphones from your Fire would be nice, too.

Anyway… 🙂

Having switched the two devices, it still seems to me like the Fire TV is much better than the Fire TV Stick, although the latter is also a good device. The Fire TV is faster in loading something (like Hulu or Netflix), and doesn’t have the performance issues I get sometimes with the stick. They are both worth the price, in my opinion…but the Fire TV is worth the higher price. 😉

Imagine how much more embarrassing it would be if they were reading on the bus! 😉

This is an interesting

World Book Day infographic reproduced in a Publishing Perspectives article by Hannah Johnson

As regular readers know, I’m not that visually oriented, but there were some interesting statistics here.

One was that 18% of children 8-11 said they would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that we can conclude that 82% would be proud. It could be that a large percentage are neutral on it…perhaps because many of them don’t read, but I hope that’s not the case.

Another interesting assertion was that children with more than 500 books in their homes had language skills on average two years ahead of kids with fewer than ten books in their homes. Gee, I wonder how having hundreds of thousands of books available to you through the Kindle store impacts it? Do they read at super genius level? 😉 Seriously, even without paying for Kindle Unlimited (which would get you access to nearly a million (945,365 at time of writing in the USA) books, there are more than 50,000 free books you can own. I do think that opportunity probably makes a difference.

Cute Kobo cartoon

I thought this one from Kobo was cute:

What do you think? Is it dangerous to be reading a book on a school bus? What should the parents do in that situation, if anything? Convince me that the school bus driver has a legitimate concern…please. 🙂 What about reading at the dinner table? That was always okay in my house growing up…at least, I like to remember it that way. 🙂 We also had to say how our day was, so we did interact. Were you ever embarrassed to be seen reading when you were a kid? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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4 Responses to “Round up #292: literally embarrassed, hey kid stop reading!”

  1. Phink Says:

    I cannot imagine anyone ever telling a kid not to read. Especially me, who was never encouraged to read as a child, other than being ordered to read and do a book report on a certain date, which I’d either fake or simply not do if a 0 would still get me a D. That would would keep me out of Summer school. Yes, in the 70’s and 80’s one could get by with that attitude. As I’ve mentioned before I read my first book at 27 years old. Imagine how many books I could have read in those 20 years if I started even at 7? Time I will never get back but I’m trying to make up for it now.

    But seriously, kids need encouragement to read. I’d buy the kid safety glasses if I had been that driver and were truly concerned about their eyes being poked out. Who was this bus driver? Was it’s Ralph’s mom from the movie “A Christmas Story” (Ralph, you’ll shoot your eye out.) I love to see anyone reading, especially kids. Reading has so many pro’s and not a single con I can think of, but surely there is one or two. You want to know what happened to this kid who didn’t read? I graduated from high school (with a 1.27 GPA and 420 something out of 430 something student. My vocabulary was pretty much non existent. I was not dumb as I graduated from College 24 years later with a 3.93 GPA. I just had no idea the wonders I was denying myself. Kids should told and told again what they are missing if they don’t read and they should be praised if they do read. I hope this was not too much about me. I only wished to make a point. Reading is fun, and educational. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir though LOL.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      An inspirational story, eloquently told. We see ourselves in others…sharing about yourself can help someone else.

  2. Ann Von Hagel Says:

    That bus driver is . . . (thinking of a polite word, can’t find one, oh, wait!) . . . JEALOUS! That must be it! S/HE’d like to be reading but can’t because s/he has to DRIVE! Yeah. That must be it. 🙂

    Though I will say as a kid I would not have been reading on a school bus because (a) I didn’t take a school bus and if I did (b) I would have likely been ‘car-sick’. I think I tried sometimes on field trips and it never worked well.

    So the only ‘danger’ is that the kid could get carsick and then the driver has ‘clean up in aisle 1’. But, you know, a kid would KNOW if s/he was susceptible, presumably.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Ann!

      Well, that does give a somewhat good motivation to it. Not good, exactly, but it suggests that the driver would like to be reading.

      Maybe carsickness is a concern, but my guess is that this child was reading on that bus regularly…if there had been a history of it, my presumption (not based on any positive assertion, just that it wasn’t mentioned) is that we would have heard that as a justification.

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