Letter: Medieval Times is educational?
What kind of education does Hoboken provide to children?
Hoboken411 reader Kay was quite miffed when a strange $500 taxpayer funded trip appeared on this week’s Hoboken Board of Education Agenda…
“On the Board of Ed agenda this week was approval for a field trip for high school students to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ on November 15th.
I was blown away, disgusted, appalled, you name it. The purpose of the trip is “History: The Middle Ages!” Laughable and moronic is the only way to describe the Hoboken educational system.”
“No qualified educator would consider a trip to an entertainment complex an opportunity to learn about the Middle Ages. Does the BOE and the Hoboken High teachers think Medieval Times is run by historians and that they offer great historical archives for the perusal of our students? I’ve got news for them, MT is run by Excellence Group Luxury Resorts and they call their product “A Show.” Saucy wenches serving food and buff young men re-enacting jousting tournaments is not a lesson in history.
This is like taking high school students to Las Vegas so they can see the Eiffel Tower and learn the history of Paris (and hear Barry Manilow while they’re at it), or Six Flags for a day to learn about physics and centrifugal force.
Why couldn’t the BOE find one way to spend the $456 in taxpayer money towards a real educational experience? Incompetence? Yes.
And we wonder why Hoboken public school students receive such a substandard education. Blame the Board of Education members and teachers for their own inadequacies, and blame the parents who don’t bother to pay attention to the actions of the BOE and the teachers.”
What will the next Hoboken educational experience be?
411 Note: Take a look at some of the photos from the Medieval Times Website – One might confuse them for Hoboken St. Patty’s Day photos… I’m guessing with “perks” like this creeping into our system (and out of YOUR pockets) – it may not be long before the following “educational” events follow suit. Feel free to add your own…
- “Math: The House Always Wins“ – A trip to Atlantic City for a whirlwind day with the kids at slot machines and roulette tables.
- “Economics: A billion dollars“ – Renting out Clearview Cinemas uptown to show the entire Harry Potter movie series in one sitting.
- “Women’s Studies“ – A lunchtime soiree to the Satin Dolls strip club on Route 17 – endorsed by Michelle Obama and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!