God Save Me From Schools

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

School is back in session and I have a few beefs:

1) Requiring high school students to own a calculator that costs over $100 dollars. Really? They can’t use the calculators at school? They have to have their own? I’m buying them used but still…

2) AP Classes. My boys have been reading all summer. There was no family vacation or even mini-vacation because of the number of difficult books to be read and papers to be written. When I asked the boys if they HAD to take AP classes they looked at me like I had three heads. “We want to get into a good college, Mom.”

3) Homework. Really? Homework lasts from when they get home until bedtime. And it’s never, ever done. All the studies that show that homework doesn’t help children to learn? Ignored.

4) Cafeteria food that makes the kids feel ill. I’m not going to complain about the fact that six foot tall juniors in high school are given the same amount of food as the three foot high first grader, because what does it matter when it makes them sick.

5) Soccer coaches that will only speak to their players and give the players a hard time when the parent tries to contact the coach.

6) It doesn’t matter what you say, what you offer to do, or how many parents agree with you. Nothing ever changes. I worked in that school for eight years and still I dread the first day of school. Thank goodness for the place I work now. Quiet, fun and full of art.

I’m sure I’ll think of more things as the weeks go on, but that is enough complaining for now.

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