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The stories you are about to read are true [May. 10th, 2007|10:00 pm]
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As much as I wish I were clever enough to make this stuff up, it really happened...

1) I have a monkey on my desk at work. I love my monkey. It was a gift from my mom, and it's a pen holder. I have previously featured this monkey in a DITL, so you might remember it:

If you look closely, you might be able to see that the writing on the pen says "Compliance Hotline". That's because the pen was given to all the employees when the new Ethics Hotline was rolled out. It's my Ethics Pen.

Today, when I got to work, I realized that my monkey was empty handed. Yes, you guessed it - someone stole my ethics pen.

2) Middle Daughter started the year in IPC science. She started off OK, but soon fell behind, as did several others in the class. Technically, anyone with a less than C average should have been moved to regular science, but the teacher was reluctant to move them. She kept them in the class, then around the first of the year decided it was time. Worried that the kids being moved would be behind in the regular class, she gave all the IPC students a comprehensive test over the entire regular science curriculum. Middle Daughter aced it.

So, the teacher kept her in IPC, with the caveat that she had to attend tutoring. Despite the tutoring, Middle Daughter's grades were still not up to par, so the teacher finally - reluctanly - moved her to the regular science class.

Flash forward to the present, when Middle Daughter gets a report card and is now failing regular science. A teacher's notation remarks that she is missing some work. So Middle Daughter talks to the teacher, to find out what work is missing, and see if she can still turn it in, because she needs to pass this class to graduate to high school.

And it turns out that the work that is missing is in her "class notebook" - the one they use to copy the daily assignment off the board each day. This notebook is worth 50% of the total grade for the class.

Can you guess which assignments are missing? Go on...guess...

Yup. The assignments that were given before she was in the freaking class. Gosh - I wonder why those would be missing?

[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2007-05-11 12:43 pm (UTC)
The pen - that's funny stuff.

I swear, I fear for our educational system. These teachers at your daughters school are lacking common sense and problem solving skills. Yet we are the ones who entrust our children with teachers like that to teach our children to be better people. I'd certainly let those/that teacher know how redonkulously ignorant they are. DD should automatically get an A for dealing with that nonsense.

Good grief.
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From: spritzcourt
2007-05-11 02:02 pm (UTC)
I love the irony with the pen! (However, not the fact that your pen was stolen.) We are having such an issue with theft of laptops at our workplace that we are required to lock the laptop to our desk during the day, lock our door if we walk out of our office, and lock the laptop in a drawer and lock our office door in the evenings. Makes me wonder if anyone has thought about the root of problem?

Our school system is void of any common sense.
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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2007-05-11 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh. my. god. That's too funny about the pen.

As for Middle Daughter, I think I'd have to set up camp in the principal's office until I got them to agree to give her an A in the class just for not having smacked the teacher across the face.
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From: blissonbliss
2007-05-11 11:09 pm (UTC)
I sooooo wish I could be a fly on the wall when you kindly point out to this pin head why DD's missing assignments are missing. Try to hold back on the sarcasm. Okay not really!

Stealing the ethics pen is just .... perfect.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-05-12 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear of your ethics pen. But it did make for some fun reading material for me this morning. Maybe it'll turn up.

I'll say ... I'm really concerned about our public education these days. I'm beginning to wonder if they really drug test our teachers.
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From: misty_bay
2007-05-13 01:16 pm (UTC)


Thank God they didn't steal the monkey!

A couple of the girls classes are like that too. 50% of the grade is note-taking. The other 50 must divided between homework, quizzes, and tests. WTF is up with that? Isn't homework/tests/quizzes a more accurate guage of how well a kid knows the stuff? Or is it just me....anyone can show up, keep a decent notebook, and still pass. It just irks me because it seems like systems like that are set up so no child *is* left behind, and they can just coast through taking notes. I'm sure that's the way a lot of schools are, but I would feel no differently if 50% of the grade were tests. It should be more evenly split up. Who do I talk to about this?

Oh...that of course doesn't mean you don't go bitch-slap the teacher. Hard. Oh, and I have good news for you. This year is *almost* over.

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