Shepherdstown Elementary School has allowed students in the 4th Grade (possibly other grades also) to bring BeyBlades to school. At this time almost every child has one and brings them to school every day. The use of these toys has become an overwhelming occupation, to the extent that the school teachers have had to institute restrictions on how often they can use them.
The silly band craze has seemed to wear off substantially. Silly bands were different in that they were worn on kids wrists. They also seemed to be at every grade level. Even a number of teachers wore them and others gave them out as rewards for good behasviour in the class room. There were some issues when children wore so many of them on their wrists that it was bad for circulation. This fad seems to have faded.
Beyblades are now the in-thing. If you are not familar with them I am including a picture of one below.
So, what is Beyblade and where does it come from?
Beyblade (爆転シュート ベイブレード, Bakuten Shūto Beiburēdo?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takao Aoki. Originally serialized in CoroCoro Comic from 2000 to 2002, the individual chapters were collected and published in 14 tankōbon volume by Shogakukan. The series focuses on a group of kids who form teams with which they battle one another using highly powerful spinning tops called “Beyblades” which are enchanted with magical spirits.
The manga is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media. The manga was adapted into a three season anime series. The first season, spanning 51 episodes, aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from January 8, 2001, to December 24, 2001. The second season, Beyblade V-Force, ran for another 51 episodes from January 7, 2002, until December 30, 2002. The third season, Beyblade G Revolution, also spanned 51 episodes (the 51st was a double-length special but was split into two episodes for the Western release) and ran from January 6, 2003, until its conclusion on December 29, 2003. The seasons are licensed by Nelvana for an English-language release in North America.
A new series of Beyblade has been released in 2009 (2010 in U.S.), entitled Beyblade Metal Fusion (known as Metal Fight Beyblade in Japan). It features a new cast of characters and Beyblades. A sequel series has also been released in 2010 (2011 in U.S.), called BeyBlade: Metal Masters.
Unlike Silly bands, Beyblades have movies, TV shows on Ninetndo, Wii, DS and other games that kids can buy. Their lives can be consumed by this fad which perhaps is why so many 4th Graders at Shepherdstown Elementary School are bringing them in to compete.
So, if they can bring Beyblades to school, what else can they bring to Shepherdstown Elementary?
Please chime in to this discussion.
I for one beleive children should not be allowed to bring any personal items to school, except possible on a day set aside for kids sharing things with their classmates during class time.
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