Silly Bandz are all the craze with the kids but they are making teachers just plum crazy. And so principals in multiple states, including New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts have banned them.
“Students fiddle with them during class and arrange swaps – trading, say, a bracelet with a mermaid for one with a dragon – when they should be concentrating on schoolwork, teachers say. Sometimes a trade goes bad – kids get buyer’s remorse too – and hard feelings, maybe even scuffles, ensue.”
“That’s what prompted Karen White, principal of Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale, Ala., in October to become one of the first administrators to forbid students their Bandz. “We try not to limit their freedom of expression and what they wear, but when this became a problem, I knew we had to nip it in the bud pretty quickly,” says White, who has since extended an olive branch in the form of monthly Silly Bandz days. (See pictures of a public boarding school in Washington, D.C.)”
“Silly Bandz are the latest in a long list of kid-centric fads – in the tradition of Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies, PokÉmon cards and Crocs. BCP Imports LLC, the small business in Toledo, Ohio, that’s behind the bracelets, was not prepared for the frenzy. It’s increased its workforce from 20 employees to 200 in the past year and just this week added 22 phone lines to keep up with inquiries. The company sells millions of packs a month, and Robert Croak, the president, can still hardly believe it. (He took my call after hanging up with Macy’s, which is interested in creating a Silly Bandz float for its storied Thanksgiving Day parade.) (Comment on this story.)”
My 9-year-old says that Silly Banz were banned in our school before they got out but I never heard about it. My 7-year-old confirms kids did get in trouble at our school for trading the Silly Banz. But I think Smencils caused much more of a commotion. Smelly pencils, or Smencils, would sell out immediately at the school store and they would actually mark on the school calendar when the next shipment was expected. And then kids were sniffing pencils all through class.
So what do you think: Should Silly Bandz be banned? Are they an educational threat? Have you heard about Smencils? What trendy items are threatening your child’s education?