(EDIT: We were asked over e-mail and below in comments to remove our header image due to, you know, legal stuff. The request came from Strong Fathers Strong Families, the originator of many “Bring Your Dad to School” programs that have been running for over 10 years now. We complied.)
If you’re a father living in New York, you’re urged to take your child to school or Head Start on September 20th. A program called “Dads Take Your Child To School” has taken root and is growing every year.
The program is a collaboration between [breath] the Administration for Children and Families, Region II, New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and Office of Children and Family Services, the Stronger Families New York Coalition, other statewide partners, and New York City agencies including the Departments of Youth and Community Development, Education, the Mayor’s Office, and the Administration for Children’s Services.
What happens when you take the too-cool parents from one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, an internet trend that peaked last year(ish), and a song about banging chicks?
The parents of P.S. 10 – an elementary school in Park Slope, New York – organized an end-of-the-school-year flash mob with semi-viral results earlier this month. And naturally, you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO, so be ready for that. And be ready for the official 8BitDad Stick in the Mud®.
Remember the bizarro world of Footloose (this one, not that one) where dancing and rock music was banned in some small town because kids died in a rock-music-fueled car accident? Admittedly, today’s news out of New York City is a cat of a different color: New York City has established a list of words that are now banned from school standardized tests. And when you read this list, even if you’re the type of dude that often sides with The Man, you may just start packing your bags for Newt’s moon base.
The short story: New York dad Phillip Owens pulls up to a store, hops out of his car to grab something to drink inside the store, and leaves the car …
PTA dads, you can, however, win just by helping schools. I won’t try to pass some contrived line like “in the end, it’s the children that are important,” because – no kidding. But I’m having a hard time running scenarios where PTA dads get to look like normal, involved parents using their talents or training for the good of a school.
I was reading feminist supersite Jezebel, as I usually do past midnight on a day early in the week, and saw an article about fathers joining the PTA. I read the piece, and of course, wanted to cry foul on grounds of the author, Doug Barry’s obvious man-hating. Then, I read the article that Barry was referencing, an NYT article by Kyle Spencer about those PTA dads. I began disliking the dads, just like Barry. What I was left with was the impression that fathers in the PTA have a lot of perception issues they’re up against.
About 10 years ago, a coffee house in Australia started to serve “babyccinos” for parents to give to their babies and toddlers – a cup of steamed milk, topped with froth. Zoom ahead to New York today and you’ll reportedly see babyccinos on the menus at coffee houses, or available as a custom order – but with a twist: now the toddler beverages can include shots of decaf espresso.