From Pine View Farm

“Student of Character” 3

Trapped at a light today behind a Stupid Truck (that’s the one with all the extra lights and stuff). On the back of the Stupid Truck was a bumper sticker that said

“My child is Student of Character at (name of elementary school one mile up the road).”

I just googled “student of character.” Nothing that cast a light on this.

I wonder, is this what they give to parents whose kids aren’t bright enough to earn bumper stickers which say, “My child is an Honor Student at (insert name of school)”?

Now, I think those bumper stickers are really dumb, especially when the school in question is an elementary school, for heaven’s sake.

When I was growing up, back in the Jurassic period, there was no such thing as an honor roll until high school, and, even then, it didn’t rate a bumper sticker. It did rate a little list in the local paper every semester, but that was about it.

What a load of horse-hooey.

My favorite bumper sticker of that nature was this one, that the Amtrak Philadelphia Division Rocket Man (every division has an engineer who earns the title, “Rocket Man”) had on his pickup:

My daughter
beat up your
Honor Student



  1. Opie

    August 8, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    I have to admit I was pretty proud when Carrie brought home our first “I Have An Honor Student At Williamsville Junior High” bumper sticker.

    I also have to admit I felt a little hoodwinked when the district newsletter came out a few weeks later, with the entire honor roll, and a bit of quick math in my head revealed that fully 40 percent of the student body got the same bumper sticker.

  2. Frank

    August 8, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    I will grant that Junior High makes more sense than first or second grade.

    What’s an honor student in second grade? Coloring between the lines?

  3. Karen

    August 9, 2006 at 9:26 am

    I’m still wondering about the “Student of Character” title. And, is this something that has to be taught in school because it’s so seldom being taught in the home? Maybe, just maybe, I’m too cynical!