When In Doubt, Bitch About the Schedule

Alrighty…let’s get back into this bloggin’ thing.  I think I remember how to do it.  Those steps again:

  • Step 1:  Drink massive amounts of coffee
  • Step 2:  Tire of reading stories elsewhere
  • Step 3:  Evaluate ways to expend coffee-fueled rage from reading stories
  • Step 4:  Blog!  Profit!

It’s been a while, but I believe the above is the same system employed everywhere else in the bloggin’ universe.

Having already gone through Steps 1-3, it is now time to actually write something.  (A few seconds go by in which your humble blogger blankly ponders the WordPress “Dashboard”…then a few more minutes of)

  • Step 4A:  Drink even more coffee

Okay we’re back now for Step 4B:  Really start writing.  Honest!

Here we go!  Let’s start in the kiddie pool of K-12 educational bloggin’ with schedules.  This morning I see Albuquerque Public School has conducted at least one public hearing on the subject of changing start/end times for the whole K-12 kit-n’-kaboodle.  And that idea is opening a veritable kaboodle of funny responses.

Which is good, because we could use all the K-12 funny we can get these days, what with it being March, with testing around the corner, and further APS cutbacks just a bit further down that same, treacherous corner.

The upshot is this.  APS is considering making:

  • Elementary School go from 7:30 a.m to 1:55 p.m. (with no more short Wednesdays)
  • Middle School go from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • High School go from 8:35 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Naturally these ideas are the results of “studies”, studies which “show” that Scot needs to get more sleep in the morning and that starting middle school at 9:15 in the morning is the best damn idea he’s heard in quite some time.  I refer to my previous academic paper entitled “Why the Hell is it Still Friggin’ Dark Outside While I’m Getting Dressed For Work, Goddammit?”

Now not everyone agrees with me, and the public hearing was evidently lively in its exchange of “this is a good idea/this is the worst idea since the  ‘Final Solution'” type banter.  Of course most the comments printed in the Journal came from high school folks, as nobody cares about middle school, but let me just present a solo middle school voice and add it to the discussion.

These proposed changes constitute the greatest idea since the cotton gin (without the slavery part).  Starting at 9:10 a.m. every morning (I mean I AM a professional and everything, and would promise to actually show up at least five minutes before 1st bell) is so great for me in myriad ways. These include:

  1. It is much closer to my natural circadian rhythm of going to sleep at 1:30 a.m and waking up at 9:00 a.m. (I know it’s still a ways off, but you get what you can get)
  2. The whole riding to school on the bicycle thing is helped immensely, especially if I stop thinking about the riding home in the winter dark thing.
  3. Oh yeah, “studies show” it’s better for the kids (whatever).

So you can see where I fall on the issue.  Actually, I don’t give a rodent’s gluteus maximus when elementary and high school start.  3rd Grade can start at Midnight and end at 6 a.m. for all I care.  But this middle school thing HAS to happen.

It just has to.  Studies show, man….studies show.

P.S.: Some time back, whilst your humble blogger was contemplating his ever-widening navel, life, nirvana, cheetos and other important things, the Journal printed a story very, very briefly outlining what individual APS middle school had decided in regards to next year’s “master schedule” (i.e., how long the classes will be, and how many there will be per day).  The exceedingly short “story” pointed out that 1/2 of the schools decided to drink the Brooks/Sink Kool-Aid and “pilot” one of the two suggested schedules.  The story did not get into the fact that this means 1/2 DID NOT drink the APS Kool-Aid, which is actually much more of a “story” and much less of a “press release”, which is what the Journal “story” was.

I apologize for only pointing this out a month after this “story” came out…and that I can’t find it on the fine, fine, superfine Journal search system.  I will meekly try to make up for it by pointing out that my little school is a non-APS Kool-Aid drinker, and thus will be deprived of Kool-Aid and other “support” from the District to help those “piloting” one of the District-requested schedules next year.  It should be fun to see what hindrances & mindf*cks the District employs to our little school next year for having made this decision.

P.P.S.: I think the bloggin’ thing is starting to come back to me.  Very rusty…very, very rusty.

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4 thoughts on “When In Doubt, Bitch About the Schedule

  1. I’m glad you’re back, Scot! Always nice to start the day with a smile after reading your blog. Certainly better than hearing that 1200 APS employees are about to lose their jobs.

  2. Wow it has been a long time. Hope you’re doing fine. We all have missed you. Not that the news in education has been good. Still, love you’re take!

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