The above called out to me from the recycling basket this morning and it kind of says it all. Many thanks to the folks at Willamette Week for putting words in my mouth.
So far, I am not impressed with high school. They've changed schedules on the kids enough times that The Dark Lord has already missed two classes simply because he can't figure out where he is supposed be.
There are no textbooks so far. None. Freshman don't get textbooks when everyone else does so there's been a whole lot of nothing going on in his classes so far. In fact, according to The Dark Lord, he hasn't even learned anything yet and it's been three days already. Hmmmmm......
No lockers. None. The kids have to drag everything around with them all day long. It's just as well he didn't get into the guitar class. Since they do alternating days of block scheduling, they only have to carry 4 classes worth of stuff around but how long will it be before days get mixed up and the wrong books are stuffed in the backpack? Oh wait, I forgot, they don't have books.
They need hall passes to pee. Hall passes. Because of block scheduling, classes are 90 minutes long which I think is great. But a kid is only allowed to pee during class times 5 times a semester after which their grade is affected. Of course they can earn extra points by not using their hall passes. Hmmm...grades or urinary tract infection?
And the real winner: every day everyone is required to read silently for 20 minutes. From freshman to senior, teachers to principal, they all stop what they are doing and read.
According to the guidance counselor:
All students in every class, every day do silent reading from 1:00-1:20. This is an all school policy to encourage and promote reading. It is not for homework time. Teachers are also reading at this time.
Our house is an obstacle course of books, so it's not like I am anti-reading. But we took care of that skill when he was five. Even as lackadaisical homeschoolers, we made sure he could read and he does so given the slightest opportunity.
He can lie around on his bed at home and read. In his pajamas. I can understand silent reading time in elementary school when the skills are still kind of shaky, but in high school? Oy.
And here's the part that worries me: The Dark Lord himself is laughing it all off. Both as a teacher and a parent, I am appalled at the amount of wasted time I'm hearing about but he's shrugging, rolling his eyes, and wandering off...to read!
Nothing for me to do but head down into my craft cave and whip up a quick tote bag for a friend's birthday. You just can't be grumpy working with fabrics covered in marigolds and Day of the Dead calaveras, now can you?
One more gripe: stupid Blogger is having a font freak out so if things look weird, well, they are!