Interesting thread! I've been pondering the issue of spitting for a couple of years. I've even asked a few of my middle school classes, mostly boys, why they do it. They give me weird pseudo-physical answers about 'needing' to clear their throat, etc. When I point out that girls don't seem to have that need, they laugh uneasily. I suspect that it's an 'in' guy thing. Correct me if I'm way off base here, guys!
-Alix E. Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
From: Fields, Linda [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 6:38 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: vile manners
Lori wrote "..as I said, nothing stops them....not
discretion or manners, not even the spread of T.B."
I, too, am repulsed by the spitting going on-especially when they do it in
my classroom trashcans or sink. I go off about germs and tb and tell them it
used to be illegal to spit on the sidewalk. Of course, most of these kids
have no clue what tb is, much less how it is spread. Linda in NC