I was reading a “hyperlocal” news-ish website when I ran across an item written by Carol Kocivar, the President of the California State PTA. The article included the attached photograph of Ms. Kocivar and discussed “Ten Things Teachers Wish Parents Would Do”. The photograph (from what I can tell after a few quick Google searches) is based on Rosie the Riveter and is part of a campaign to generate support for an education funding proposition that’s on the CA ballot this fall.
The article was informative and a great platform for starting a discussion about the role a parent plays in their child’s education. However, I was confused by the following comment left by one reader.
…I can’t figure what to make of Mom with a tattoo sending me off to school. I can’t tell if it is the seal of the former Soviet Union or an oven burn. Please tell me that it is the latter because Mom, dear old Mom, never had a single tattoo.
What do you think? Is the reader saying that moms don’t (or shouldn’t) have tattoos? That’s the way I read it, but perhaps I’m being too sensitive. Having a tattoo does not correlate with poor parenting. Why is it we, as a society, constantly want to focus on things (having a tattoo, sexual orientation, etc.) that have absolutely nothing to do with parenting ability?
Errr. Such judgmental nonsense makes me want to spit. Fire. Out my ass.