Where are the rules written? There is such a difference at this school H is teaching at this year than any other he has taught at. I know this to be true when he announced at our weekly pizza dinner last night he didn’t want to do this anymore.
What makes him say this? A lot goes on that shouldn’t go on and if I had a child in this high school my voice would be loud and clear and be heard – someway, somehow. As I stated in my title, EVIDENTLY, ALL RULES DO NOT APPLY.
As students change classes they are walking hand-in-hand or with their arms draped around each other – boy/girl, boy/boy, girl/girl – as though it’s their right. And it is as far as the administration sees it. The teachers and administration staff are just about clueless, turning their heads in the other direction. H wasn’t taught those rules – ever.
You turn a corner and two of any given sex are caught in a lip-lock or some other sort of questionable pose. As far as he knows the students have kept it to a max number of two, but who knows what may be lurking behind door number three.
What happened to modesty and a sense of maturity? For being mature as these young adults should be in high school, it doesn’t mean do-what-you-want-any-time in front of others.
Bathrooms have been labeled Women or Men, but if you believe you should have use of one or the other you have the right to march on in. I, for one, would feel very uncomfortable if a guy walked into the women’s restroom while I was in there doing my business – stalls or no stalls. I wonder what the guys would think in the same predicament. And they don’t have many stalls!
Cell phone use is in rampant use in the hallways and classrooms. They don’t like it too much when he confiscates one in the middle of class, locking it in the office until the bell rings. You know as well as I do when phone is in hand, your attention lies mostly with the next text, game turn, Facebook, or you-tube video. That would take priority over learning the next note. And yes, students have access to Wi-Fi in the building. I know because my cell phone has excellent service in the band room.
He’s stopped reprimanding, pulling them apart in the hallways and alcoves, and snatching their cell phones as he walks from point A to point B during the course of the day. During the day he uses the stage bathroom next to the band room that he keeps locked. But when they step foot in his band room or climb aboard the band bus they know they better tow the line.
Does this make him seem like a grumpy old man, unwilling to change with the times? I really don’t care if it does and doubt he does either. Evidently, he doesn’t want to do this anymore.