Will you just give me 14 minutes, please?!

IMG_20140130_072730_020Last week we had an actual winter storm here in NC and because actual winter precipitation actually hit the ground, the entire state went into a total lockdown for 4 days. (The storm only lasted for 2 days, but we spent the first day huddled in fear and the last day reassuring ourselves that we were still alive.)

As a sad result of all this mishegas, we need to make up some school days. You might think that this would be a fairly straightforward process. Simply look at the school calendar and notice which days are available (teacher work days, stupid holidays, the end of the school year) and tack them on. Everyone will whine and grumble, and then get on with their lives. How do I know this? Because I grew up in the winter wonderland of the ‘Burgh and this is what happens every single year.

So this is what our Fearless Leaders did, right? They got together, sucked it up, and added some school days? Now we can all settle down and go back to our lives, right? My Dear Readers you know better than that by now, surely.

No, instead our Fearless Leaders took a good hard look at the state law which states that school must be in session “185 days OR 1,025 hours.” Most school systems recognized that adding a half day of school counts as a full day and got on with their lives. Our Fearless Leaders decided to be extra clever and decided to make up individual hours. So as a superior alternative we’ll be extending each day for the rest of the year by 14 minutes. Given our block schedule that’s approximately 3.5 additional minutes per class.

I know, off all the stupid ideas on how to make up school (I’m including the idea of adding a Saturday class day) THIS is the solution you decide upon? What kind of shmendrik thinks this stuff up?! Please understand that no matter how you add time back into the calendar it is going to be a waste of time. No one is going to learn anything monumental in the last 3.5 minutes of class any more than they are going to learn anything on a half day at the end of the school year! So why not acknowledge that this is all a ridiculous game and make it as painless as possible already?

How’s that for a real pain in the tuches?

Oy vey.

(No yiddish words were injured during today’s post. In fact, all of them were learned from my grandparents.)


5 thoughts on “Will you just give me 14 minutes, please?!

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  2. stumpsmcgee

    I don’t understand why you think this is a bad idea. I mean – changing the bell schedule, bus schedule, after-school activities, and everything else within the day is SO much easier than adding a random extra day or two! Sounds like a no-brainer to me! 🙂


  3. SilverFox

    No – this is absolute GENIUS! Well, not absolute, as they are obviously missing a golden opportunity. Instead of 14 minutes, make it a full 20 – 5 minutes per block. In this way, you can build a time bank so that, if as the Professor suggests, winter isn’t really over, you can cover the odd 2 hour delay. (Remember those, RW?) In fact, once they have the schedules adjusted and everyone gets used to the longer days, why not just continue into next year…..


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