August 25, 2009

Public Schooling

I am feeling truly belligerent today. My children have only been in school for two days and my list of complaints is already quite long.
I'm pretty sure you want to hear them.

At every school we have to fill out the same blasted forms we fill out every year. Are they unable to change the label on the file folder to match the new grade?!!
At the high school we waited in line for over an hour in order to pay registration fees. When we got to the front of the line there was one lady--ONE lady--taking the money and entering it into the computer for 700 students! Have these people ever heard of efficiency??

Megan was given the wrong pickup location.
Rachel was picked up 20 minutes late.
Alicia's bus got a flat tire on the way to school and the bus driver kept driving.

The Counselor
Alicia's counselor hopes you'll be so distracted by his prominent Darth Vader tattoo displayed on his rather prominent calf muscle, that you won't notice that he doesn't know what he's doing.

The Maturity Level
One of my kid's teachers has been entertaining the kids with a fart machine.
One of the high school teachers is giving out painted "pet" rocks for a reward system.

Alicia's health teacher (teaching mental, social, and physical health) talked on the first day of school about how she has ADD when it comes to men so she'll either have to marry a prisoner or a truck driver (you know, so she won't have to deal with him full time). There's some mental health for you.
On the second day of school she talked about how much she hates the university Alicia's thinking of going to.

High School Back-to-School Night
The science teacher greeted us in monotone, "I'm so-and-so and who are you? Okay. That's it. This is just a meet and greet. You're done."
The principal got on the intercom at 8:00 sharp (the end of the allotted time to speak to the teachers) and told the parents to "evacuate the building". The teachers slammed and locked their doors and then fled. We had only gotten to 3 of Alicia's 8 teachers.

That's a pretty good complaint list after only two days, don't you think? Just wait to see what I come up with as the year progresses!


  1. Pet rocks? Really? Man, I wish we were so lucky back in the day!
    A prisoner or a truck driver huh, who is this lady?
    Hey, I've been trying to call you all day, are you avoiding me. I got some new deodorant, I promise I don't smell!

  2. oh dear. i am so afraid of school. don't tell me all these horrible stories or i will become a home schooling backwoods crazy weirdo.

  3. I love how the junior high is so forthcoming with information that I had no idea that the back to school night was a class by class instruction that would take the whole hour and a half. We got there for the last half hour, assuming it to be an open house.
    And WHY have we never gotten anything with a schedule on it? WHY isn't there a schedule on their website? WHY did a student answer the phone when I called Snowcrest to ask about their schedule? And WHY is late Wednesday only the first and third weeks of the month?!

  4. I say, "Off with their heads!!!!"...But save the fart machine for me.

  5. ahhhh, those are some really good complaints. and it's nice to hear them coming from someone else besides me. some of your belligerence has sure rubbed off on me these last few weeks. i should really vent on my blog instead of my journal and then others could enjoy my complaints as well. oh, i laughed a lot at rex's comment by the way.

  6. Public schools sounds like great fodder for your blog. You'll never run out of things to complain about. Good luck :)

  7. This is NOT helping with my current anxiety attacks!!

  8. Sooooooooooooooooooo frustrating. Makes me feel so dang lucky. Fingers crossed that it stays that year we start middle school. I have prayed and prayed about home schooling, but, for my family and my kids....the answer is always "No." Good luck. What a pain!?!