I know this has nothing to do with pencil integration, but there's something else I wanted to share:
Mr. Brown pulled me aside to discuss our field trip plans. "They cancelled both of our field trips, Tom. Can you believe it? We planned out our lessons to fit those particular sites and out of nowhere, they just blocked the sites."
"They can't do that. We had parent permission slips. We spent our time developing whole projects around it."
"Yeah, apparently a kid in another school wandered off to another site. I guess they were in main street and he ran off to see the baseball game. He started talking to kids at another school."
"So, what does that mean for us?"
"We can't go anywhere, pretty much. You know how we wanted to go to a motion picture, right?"
"Yeah, there's a short film about the Arctic."
"Well, they're worried that kids might wander off and try and see a peep show instead."
"Isn't that an issue of classroom management?"
"Yeah, you would think. You might think that teacher whose kids snuck off should get some training or maybe the kid should be banned from going on field trips, but instead they are banning all motion pictures. It gets worse, though. You know how we were going to take them to see the orchestra, right?"
"They're cancelling that?"
"Turns out the orchestra is next to a place that plays rag time and rag time is dangerous stuff."
"Seriously? There's more sex and violence in Shakespeare and yet kids are forced to read his plays. Okay, okay. So, what about the museum. We get to go there, right?"
"Nope. It turns out that as the kids wander around and search the images they can stumble upon some of that dangerous Renaissance art that has nudity."
"Can't a teacher filter out the experience so that they go to the correct images."
"Well, the corridors are still open and so the district is worried about it. These are Victorian times, my friend. Everything has to be hyper-clean to the point of censoring anything authentic to life. In fact, they're talking about cancelling all field trips for fear that a kid would run into a predator in public."
"Is that why my students have been completely banned from passing notes at recess?"
"Wow, Victorian times indeed!"