Fox guest on classroom fairness: Exclude kids who don’t deserve a ‘pity Valentine’

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:17 EDT
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Elizabeth Esther speaks to Fox News
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A Fox News guest on Thursday asserted that some children should be excluded when Valentine’s Day cards are given out at school so that they can learn that the world isn’t fair while the “stakes are low.”

For years, many teachers have asked grade-school students to bring Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in the class if they bring them to school. But when one New Jersey teacher sent a note home this year explaining the policy, Fox News hosted a segment suggesting that political correctness was running amuck.

“Valentine’s Day is about expressing your unique heartfelt feelings for your special loved one,” blogger Elizabeth Esther told Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “To just robotically hand out, ‘Here’s your Valentine, here’s your Valentine.’ Like, what are we? It totally removes the meaning, the special memory for the kids.”

“You can’t make life 100 percent fair,” she added. “And why not let them experience a little of that, like, ‘Wow, okay,’ while they’re young and the stakes are low rather when they’re 20 years old and they’re still expecting everyone to give them a Valentines.”

Esther asserted that the children who would not have gotten a Valentine were only getting a “pity Valentine” if teachers required fairness in the classroom.

“That doesn’t feel any better,” she declared.

Parenting expert Jessica Gottlieb, however, explained that it did feel better for kids to get a Valentine’s Day card instead of being isolated from the rest of the class.

“Believe me, they experience plenty of rejection day in and day out,” Gottlieb said. “There’s absolutely no reason to be excluding them.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 13, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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