Two submissions on one topic:


by MooshiMooshi

My kids do not use their lockers. My oldest gave up on it in 8th grade when it became clear it was one of the reasons he was misplacing things and coming home without the materials he needed for school. His ADHD coach suggested he keep everything in his backpack, he tried it, and it was so much better that he has not visited a locker in years now. His little brother, who tends to be a hoarder anyway, adopted the same practice as soon as he hit middle school. I would see the little guy trudging off to school with a backpack almost bigger than himself, largely because he stuffed it with large history books and D&D manuals. He said he really liked having everything he wanted with him all the time. My third kid, now in 6th grade, is also following the practice after she mistakenly left her cellphone in her locker over a weekend. The horror, a whole weekend without texting!

But I thought it was just my weird kids. No, it is a trend, and here is the article to prove it.

Schools and lockers: No longer the right combination


by Honolulu Mother

Do your kids use their lockers? Has your school gotten rid of them or do they still find them useful? Do they even have textbooks or papers to lug around any more? And is this a bit of Americana, like the rite of passage of a learner’s permit at 16, which is disappearing?

I thought my kids were just weird about not wanting to use their lockers. Then I saw this WaPo article about how most high schoolers aren’t claiming lockers anymore:

Schools and lockers: No longer the right combination

Per the article,

The trend has expanded so rapidly and widely that schools are now removing individual student lockers from their hallways, and builders and designers for many new high schools don’t even include them in their plans.

The students quoted cite reasons ranging from the impracticability of always stopping by one location on a large campus with a short time between classes (this is what my kids say, and based on my Open House night experiences, they’re right!), to the use of online textbooks or shared textbooks kept in the classroom. Locker manufacturers are looking at different types of lockers for school hallways:

Now, the company is introducing new products — including smart lockers that are shareable, open with the swipe of an ID and are wired to charge electronic devices — to respond to the downward trend. And, the company notes, lockers for high school athletic facilities remain in demand.

InMyDay, lockers were still a central point for a lot of high school socializing and who your locker neighbors were could have a big effect on your experience. But for my kids, that’s never been a part of their high school experience, and apparently they’re not alone. How about your family — do/did your middle or high school aged kids use a locker? Did you?


School trips

by Denver Dad

The last few years, my kids have gone on several school trips out of state and overseas. DS went to Boston two years ago, they both went to D.C. last year, and DD went to Costa Rica this year. One of DS’ teachers is planning a trip for next year to France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany that we will probably let him go on. Our feeling is that these trips are great opportunities for the kids, and we can afford them, so we want to take advantage of them. Realistically, we’re never going to get to all of these places as a family.

I also think a big part of the trips is the kids getting to be on their own (with other kids and some chaperones, of course, but not their parents) and establish some independence. I tell them flat out that I don’t want to hear from them while they are gone. On the Costa Rica trip, the teacher sent photos and updates several times a day, and while it was nice to see what they were doing, but I would have preferred to have had no contact until the end. I definitely seem to be in the minority on this, most of the parents were very concerned about the international calling/texting and wifi access so they could have daily contact with their kids.

What trips have your kids taking and/or are planning on going? Have there been any that they didn’t enjoy, or you felt weren’t worth the money? And how much do you try to stay in touch with the kids while they are gone?