Wait, 5th Graders Actually Date?

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According to an article on NBC 5 Chicago“Teachers at an Indiana school reportedly sent a letter home to parents asking that students no longer date.”

Now after reading this sentence, I honestly thought that this was just a super-strict high school that was about to have a BIG problem on their hands. However, I read a little further into it.

The very next sentence in the same article reads; “Fifth-grade teachers at Riverside Elementary in southern Indiana wrote that they are implementing a “zero-dating policy,” according to NBC affiliate station Wave 3.”

Fifth graders are dating? Really? And it’s serious enough to the point where they had to send out letters to the parents? I mean, I’m not necessarily mad or annoyed at this situation. If anything, I’m mainly surprised.

When I was in fifth grade, I had other things on my mind instead of “dating.” I was concerned with the other nuances that may have altered that particular day, but didn’t really effect my life as a whole (you know, kid stuff).

For one; trying to figure out what the special was in the cafeteria was always a hot topic of conversation across the school. Because if it was a good day, like pizza; you sure as HELL didn’t want to be one of the last kids to get to the cafeteria line. Because if you were, the slices ended up being dried out and gross from sitting under heat lamps for a long time. They would end up having little brown spots that looked like scabs, and then you start to think that going hungry for the day isn’t such a bad idea.

Granted, there were still kids that would “date” from time to time. But that was just stupid kid stuff. You know, that stupid stuff where kids would draw hearts in their notebooks. The stupid stuff where kids would pass notes during class. It was that kind of shit you would see in the movies.

But one thing is for sure, it didn’t lead to teachers sending notes home to the parents. It didn’t lead to teachers instituting a “zero-dating policy.” But hey, I guess it’s the changing of the generations.

The only problem is, what does the next generation have in store for us?


What are your thoughts on this news story? Does it depict your days in fifth grade at all? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter at @KShermanSports

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