Clip it in the Bud

Dear Presidential Debate Moderators:

I’ve noticed you’ve been having a hard time lately.

The rascally behaviors this debate season must have you going bonkers by now.

The name calling…

The talking over each other…

The yelling…

Here’s where I thought I might be able to help.

I work in an elementary school where we use this clip system to nip similar saucy behaviors in the bud.

clip system


Perhaps it could be of assistance in your next debate?

It’s really quite simple. With every infraction, you’ll just say something like, “Candidate Johnny. We don’t call each other names. Please go and move your clip down. And consider this a warning. If I have to talk to you about this again, you’ll be on red. And then I’ll have to call your parents. You don’t want that to happen, do you?”

Oh, and try to maintain a serious face at all times when giving directions. They really can sense when you’re folding.

Anyway, I hope you find some success with it!

At the very least it will be a way to use up those clips you probably have hanging around because who even puts their laundry out to dry anymore?

Good luck and cheers,










  • Ann M.
    March 13, 2016

    I love you, Louise, and you are SPOT ON with the clip plan. But some of us still actually do hang our laundry out to dry. Not the dirty laundry – that’s for candidates.

    • rampersl123
      March 14, 2016

      Thanks for the kudos, Ann!

  • Angi
    March 24, 2016

    OMG! You just gave me a great idea for a 2nd grade teacher I’m coaching!! Perhaps we need to dumb it down for the candidates by having only three options. They may be overwhelmed with 7!!

    • rampersl123
      March 24, 2016

      Good point, Angi! Seven options might be too much to handle…

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