Thursday, August 14, 2008

This is Ridiculous

High School Band Can Play at Disney, But Can't Ride the Rides (click for link)

This article was in our local paper this morning. The band at Great Bridge High School has played in the parade at Disney World every four years for the last sixteen years. This year, however, the school board has approved their marching in the parade, but students are prohibited from riding any rides or attractions while at Disney. WHAT???

A new rule implemented in 2006 prevents field trips to amusment parks and water parks for safety reasons. So the school board is doing the band a favor by agreeing to let them go at all. PUH-lease.

By the way, this is not our school system; it's a neighboring town.
These kids have worked hard - they practice in the summers, after school, do fundraising, etc. M is in orchestra, and I know how much extra time and effort the kids put into it, and that is just on the middle school level. If they are going to do the work, invest the time, and pay the money to go to Orlando, then they should be able to enjoy the rewards -- fully.

It reminds me of the Howard Jones song, "No One is to Blame."

You can look at the menu but you just cant eat
You can feel the cushions but you cant have a seat
You can dip your foot in the pool but you cant have a swim
You can feel the punishment but you cant commit the sin
And you want her and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame
You can build a mansion but you just cant live in it
Youre the fastest runner but youre not allowed to win
Some break the rules
And live to count the cost
The insecurity is the thing that wont get lost
And you want her and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame
You can see the summit but you cant reach it
Its the last piece of the puzzle but you just cant make it fit
Doctor says youre cured but you still feel the pain
Aspirations in the clouds but your hopes go down the drain
And you want her and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame
No one ever is to blame
No one ever is to blame

3 comments:

Leeann said...

I agree with you. I can't imagine going to Disney and not being able to do anything while I was there. I'd rather not go in that case.

Leeann

Melissa said...

Another case of "rules are rules" and the inability to use one's own brain and have some common sense.

For goodness sakes, if I were a band parent, I'd be going down, too, and taking my kid around the park myself (and I don't even like Disney!)

whizkidforte said...

What can I say? It may be so last year, but I feel the magnitude of the dissappointment from those kids! C'mon, there are some in the band who had yet to see what Walt Disney World has to offer! Ii live an hour from the resort, and I feel that those school policies are really denying their chance.

You see, there's more to WDW than the rides - there are characters one can greet in the parks, yet this school policy is crushing those kids' dreams of seeing Mickey in person! (You can read my commentary at http://writers-voice.com/PQRST/T/Tiffany_Alfonso_the_great_bridge_high_school_marching_banned.htm.)