Fears over the ancient Mayan prediction that the world would end today prompted five Michigan school districts to shut down two days early for winter break.
School was out as of Wednesday night for students in 33 schools in Lapeer County, Michigan.
Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent Matt Wandrie sent a note home to parents saying rumors about the end of the world and threats of violence related to last week's mass-shooting in Newtown, Conn., proved too distracting for students, teachers, administrators and parents.
Wandrie said the threats of violence have been "thoroughly investigated and determined to be false."
@DerivePI ok, lets make an appointment for some time nect week...opps i cann't no more days left on the calendar! Besides this sounds a bit like those e-mails I get from nigerian citizens telling me some one left me ten million dollars...
@DerivePI well ten dollars ain't much money, it will be wirthless anyway, and do you really think i'd spend my last day on earth running around to get ten dollars? besides its not a binding contract since it doesn't have a date certian for performance. And i verified the world is endding, it's noted on my iphone calendar...
Hmm.... Math isn't my forte so maybe you could help me here. I also read that the Mayan calendar was created sans the inclusion of leap years. I assumed that it added an extra day every four years to the equation.
There are several reasons the calendar ended, none have anything to do with the end of the world --- a concept that was not part of their culture. Instead of closing the schools in panic, use this as an opportunity to demonstrate the difference between history based on wild speculation and looking at all the available facts, then using these, to come up with possible explainatio? Teach how to come up with therorys based onon solid facts.
@MetaphorBreeze Well, if they didn't know/understand a leap year, then the most likely didn't add the extra day. There are 365 1/4 days a year. Every 4 years we add a leap day to make up for it. Since their calendar did not have it, if over a 500 year span, they would lose (or be behind) 125 days (1 day every 4 years X 500 or 500/4)
Yeah, this is the Michigan education system. Debunk rumors? "Meh." Actually educate children? "That's not my job description." Give in to hysteria and drive that ship into the rocks? "Well no one can PROVE the rumors are untrue!!!" Head-keyboard.
This may be the dumbest thing I've heard in ages! Kids in America are falling further and further away from the top and all these schools close for a stupid rumor? No wonder our public schooled children are graduating barely able to read at an 8th grade level, this sort of nonsense does no good.
10:50 PM EDT, 12/21/12... The world still exists here in Pittsburgh.
There's still time. Here's a recent video of Bill Ayers talking about Leftist politics and how the Left needs to utilize it's "absolute access to the community, the school, the neighborhood, the street, the classroom, the workplace, the shop, the farm.”
American students aren't quite dumb enough yet so a few more days out of school will take care of that. It also sets a great example of leadership to watch adults being too "distracted" by fantasies to do their job. Maybe they could have some "We're being attacked by aliens!" drills.
The Mayan thing should have just been debunked. Taking off two days early for Christmas break over kids being distracted with concerns about school shootings is perfectly fine by me. Anybody remember those last two or three days before Christmas? Actually learn anything those days? Me neither, just watched movies and ate cookies.