Yesterday’s WordPress Post-a-day challenge was about Conflict. I wrote mine from the point of view of an elementary school teacher who happens to teach pretty young kids. It’s hard not to use my kidlets as a filter to think and write about things, so today’s post will be similar.
The Placebo Effect. I see it in full force DAILY. You may think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not.
If you have young kids, you’ll know quite well how much a band-aid and an ice pack can cure. This was my first thought when I read the word ‘placebo’ in my prompt email this morning. The number of times I’m asked daily for a band-aid for a week old scrape, just because it hurts… or for an ice pack for a scrape….
My first couple of years teaching, I spent an inordinate amount of time arguing that band-aids aren’t necessary when there isn’t blood, and that ice isn’t necessary when there isn’t swelling…. well, I folded this year when I switched to primary. I now hand out ice when they ask, because, you know what? Placebos work. When the kids feel better, we all feel better, so they can have their ice and band-aids if it makes them stop crying. By the time they’re a little older, I start to explain the purpose of band-aids and ice, but not when they’re super little. The littles don’t get it.
So, if I could create a painless, inexpensive cure that would take care of a single ailment… hmmm… what would I ‘cure?’
My first thought is stupidity. Can we please come up with a cure for stupidity? I’m not sure if that qualifies as an ailment, but I’d love to cure it. That, or bad driving?
I don’t know.
The obvious answers are things like cancer, ALS, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, MS, Cerebral Palsy …. and the list goes on and on and on…
But that’s not very creative, now is it?
Unfortunately… I googled “cure for stupidity”…… and I have some bad, terrible news.
I found more of the following adages than I did cures:
- Duct tape can’t cure stupid.
- Your diagnosis is stupid; I’m afraid there is no cure.
- **Breaking News: Common Sense is now an endangered species. Stupidity has taken over the world, and unfortunately there is no known cure.**