I was talking to a friend last night about why some students make it through Bais Yaakov unscathed, and why some come out resentful and angry. She used the metaphor of a “BS Meter.” If a student has a fine-tuned BS-Meter, then she can tell right away when to tune out a teacher and when to pay attention. As my well-adjusted sister put it, “Of course there were clown teachers saying crazy things. And we ignored them.”
But then you have students who trusted that there must be some truth to what our teachers were saying, and ultimately, either come out “meshuga frum” (from sheer blind faith) or come out disillusioned, turning their backs on the society that lied to them.
This is a story about a student with a healthy BS Meter.
It’s also some more about texting. This story came from a father who asked not to be identified.
The great thing about having three daughters in high school is that there is no end to the madness…
They had a Technology Asifa today. First speaker was a young woman who delivered great content. The girls loved it.
Second speaker was a man, apparently a Gerrer chossid, at this non-chassidish school. He did not look at the girls the entire time he was talking to them.
Some of the gems he shared (as relayed by my daughter) were:
- It is better to take a picture of yourself laughing than to type “lol”
- Emojis are dangerous
- Texting a boy is a “yaharug v’al yaavor”
When he said the last one, a girl raised her hand. She asked if it was better to just talk to boys directly, then.
At which, the speaker got all flustered.