Parents Who Misuse the School Listserv Are The Enemy

The kids’ school listserv offers a very easy way for parents to communicate with each other, and for the school to communicate with parents. Each classroom can send messages just to its own members, or messages can go school-wide. How wonderful!

And then there are the parents who think it’s a social network and use it to promote their pet causes or private events that “might be of interest to other parents” but have nothing to do with the school.

“Come to this wonderful Cub Scouts thing two cities away that my family will be at!”

“Save the local market from the evil developer! Sign this petition!”

“There’s a really interesting workshop on Rainbow Looms going on downtown next week!”

I don’t want to be the jerk here (though I do kind of want to be the jerk), but I am extraordinarily tempted to start a snarky listserv war.

“I think it’s very important that we decide if we, as parents, are Star Wars or Star Trek fans, and no, you cannot be both!”

“If we all go in on the lottery together, we could buy like 1000 tickets! We would definitely win!”

“Wanted: A new or gently used juicer. For sale: a gently used blender that my wife says “definitely looks like a juicer, but obviously isn’t which you would have noticed if you’d read the box”.”

I guess what I’m saying is: Don’t be the parent who sends a message to the entire school that begins with, “I know this doesn’t really concern the school, but…”

2 comments

1 Kyddryn { 01.09.14 at 3:11 PM }

This is not something I run into as a home schooling person. I also don’t run into free time, social interaction with other adults, privacy in the potty or sanity very much, so perhaps I should be rethinking my choices…too bad I don’t have a parent list I could poll…

Shade and Sweetwater,
K (who really is a special kind of crazy…but you get used to it…)

2 Backpacking Dad { 01.09.14 at 3:14 PM }

Ha!