Just having to vent this morning as my kids are off school again today because according to the powers that be it is just too cold! My kids have not had a full week of school since winter break ended either due to cold or snow or some national holiday. Mind you I have one in HS, one in Jr. high and one in 5th grade, they all take buses or carpools to school and since we are in the modern age here, all schools are climate controlled environments!!!
Everyone I know goes to work each day, some wait outside for public transportation even, I know contractors that get bundled up to work outside, I see pothole patchers daily braving the elements and I still take my dog for a walk. Since when did we all become a society of wimps?
I do understand that not all people live in the 'burbs and may walk to school or whatever but this is Chicago, we do have winter and it is usually cold, we all have winter jackets, gloves, hats, scarves and boots so bundle up people and get real, this is just ridiculous already!
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.................
Relax. It's for the kids.
But seriously, I don't disagree with you in general. However, in a large public school system like Chicago's I understand that not all families are as well equipped with cold weather gear. This cold is extreme, if not so much in intensity as in duration. It's wreaking havoc on infrastructure and I'd hate to see something happen to a kid because the parents were ill-equipped for the cold or just bad circumstances in frigid temps.
What bothered me more was last year they closed schools in anticipation of snow. Because we all know that the forecast is exactly what will happen.
However, it's not just the cold. We get the same thing in the summer when its hot. I don't know when people lost the common sense to cool off when its hot and bundle up when its cold, but it sure seems like something changed in the last 30 years or so. Probably the widespread distribution and reliance on A/C.