My history teacher mentioned today that the school is considering buying Apple iTV’s when they come out, and putting one in every classroom.
I have several issues with this:
- What’s wrong with a normal damn TV? You’ll just be broadcasting the 7-minute morning news, you don’t need a $1,750 TV screen to hook up.
- There are around 60 rooms that the TVs would be put in, totaling $105,000, or tuition for 15 kids for a year.
- Nobody on the faculty understands how computers work, so any of the advantages of having a new, sophisticated TV would be lost. Anything interesting that could be done with them won’t happen because of a lack of knowledge.
- Nobody pays attention to the morning news anyway.
school has managed to eliminate all feelings of self-worth i managed to salvage over the years
like fucking other people telling you whether or not you are good enough for a certain college, administrations telling you you’re not good enough to take a fucking class that you are simply interested in and want to learn about, and principals telling you you’re not a trustworthy person because you drink coffee in the morning and your skirt is a little too short
My friend Sarah on how things are at my school.
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I got into an argument with my religion teacher, but things went unexpectedly well. He was speaking very close-mindedly on the topic of Eastern philosophy (specifically, that it was full of crap.) I won’t go into details about the argument because it isn’t important.
However, once he saw me starting to get frustrated, he said “Am I irritating you?” not in a patronizing way, but in a genuinely curious way. I responded “Yeah, a little.” He asked if it was the first time this year he had irritated me, to which I said “No, but I usually keep it to myself because arguing for any side but Catholicisim in a Catholic school is a pretty one-sided fight.”
After class, he talked to me, saying that it was really good of me to stand up for what I think, and that he wishes the other students would be more like me. He praised me for getting angry at him, and said that he likes me for being a cynic.
I thought that was interesting.
The school disciplinarian has been walking around, looking for the telltale square in boys’ pockets that they have a cell phone, and calling them out on it.
Am I the only one that thinks that’s crossing the line?
This week was something called “Catholic Schools Week,” during which they have “Student appreciation day,” “teacher appreciation day” and “faculty appreciation day.” For student appreciation day, it snowed in the morning and all the roads were horribly icy. However, the school didn’t call off, or even a delay. To make it even worse, upon arriving to school, the parking lot was not plowed, so nobody could see any of the numbers on their parking spots. I had to pull into a random spot, wipe off the number to see how close I was to my actual spot, and re-position accordingly.
Worse yet, I saw one of the maintenance guys driving a little vehicle with a plow in the front and a salt dispenser in the back. He was salting the same strip of parking lot over and over (a strip where the snow had already melted and was in no immediate danger of refreezing,) and had not dropped the plow or salted any of the parking spots.
I get to school early, so there were maybe 20-30 cars parked in the 200+ parking spots, so it wasn’t like it was too packed for him to plow any of the spots.
But they gave all the kids a free $.65 pretzel at lunch.
The school had the first round of auditions for the annual “Battle of the Bands” yesterday. The teacher in charge, Mr. A, is a scatterbrained Italian man. When I walked into the auditorium to do my audition (I play drums for a blues duo with a friend of mine), there was no drum set on stage. There were also no amps, just 3 microphones and a box to sit on.
When I brought the lack of drums/amps to Mr. A’s attention, he freaked out and claimed that “You’re the musicians, you’re in charge of getting all your instruments. That’s not my job.” This was especially infuriating because several newsletters went out about the BotB auditions, time slots were filled, etc. Clearly a lot of planning went into this, but nothing was said to anybody about instruments. I would have gladly brought my own set in, had I known it wasn’t taken care of.
I managed to salvage a shitty drum kit from the band room (the band director telling me to make sure nothing happens to the set and that they make it back into the band room in one piece). I told Mr. A this and he says “Well that’s not my problem. That’s your responsibility. You got the set, you have to worry about getting it back there in good condition.”
So he snaps at me (twice) because of his lack of preparedness.
Today we had a lockdown drill, which is initiated with the school Disciplinarian going on the PA system and saying “We are in Lock Down. I repeat, we are in Lock Down.”
I was in the cafeteria for my lunch period at the time, and the school (for some reason) didn’t install more powerful PA’s in that room, or even more. There are approximately 240 kids in the cafeteria during any given lunch period, but the speakers they use are the same size as the classroom ones. Nobody heard the announcement of the lockdown drill until the announcement came “All clear, all clear, all clear.”
Also, two of my friends who come from the local Vo-Tech school during 3rd period waltzed right into the school in the middle of the drill. You would think “Lock down” means all the doors are locked to prevent people from getting in.
That’s some real rock-solid security there.
Anonymous asked: Are you going to post anymore? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do!!!
Ahhhh I’m sorry! From day one this school year’s been packed with work, I apologize for my lack of posting!