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    Filed at 7:25 am under by dcobranchi

    I’m sure that edu-crats throughout the country tasked with reducing the dropout rate winced when they read these comments from the mayor of Chicago.

    “Maybe we have to change our high school system,” Daley said during a news conference at Field Elementary, 7019 N. Ashland, about the latest Principal for a Day effort.

    “You go to school at 8 o’clock. Ugh,” Daley said, making a face at the thought. “It gets boring, high school. You have to really change it. I think they have to change the curriculum in the morning. I firmly believe it. It gets boring. It gets too bureaucratic.”

    9 Responses to “NOT VERY HELPFUL”


    Comment by
    Laura
    September 18th, 2003
    at 8:35 am

    Maybe I’ll go to my boss and say, “My job gets really boring. You have to really change it.” I can just see it now.

    I wonder why people like Daley think we have to make life an unrealistic pleasure garden for our kids. I don’t think that attitude does them any favors. Aren’t they going to live in basically the same world we live in when they grow up? You don’t need to make it worse than it has to be, of course.


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 18th, 2003
    at 9:13 am

    Is your job boring enough that it makes that a true thing to say? If it gets you in a position to find a job you really want to do, that you’re suited for, maybe you should do it. I dare you.


    Comment by
    Mike
    September 18th, 2003
    at 10:02 am

    Laura

    If your job is boring you change it. What choice does a high school student have?

    None.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 18th, 2003
    at 11:49 am

    Well, they could always drop out. Oops.


    Comment by
    Laura
    September 18th, 2003
    at 1:41 pm

    I’m not bored, most of the time. Sometimes the job is tedious. The job’s the job. I don’t think my attitude is my boss’s responsibility.

    Look, some kids are not going to be interested in what’s going on, no matter what you do. They announce the various sport scores on the PA at my daughter’s school in the morning. It takes quite a bit of time. She has about as much interest in organized sports as she does yak racing in Mongolia. Other kids want to hear them. So does she spend that time doodling pictures in her notebook, or does she demand that the schoolday be restructured so that she’s not bored?


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 18th, 2003
    at 2:09 pm

    Laura, let’s make this perfectly clear, OK?

    You are not forced to accept whatever job is offered in the company nearest your home.

    There is no law that says you must go to work and there is no law that details exactly what you are required to experience when you get there.

    There is usually no on-duty police officer scanning you for weapons at the door.

    You are not in danger of violent retaliation in the form of a paddle for taking an extra hour of lunch or sassing the boss.

    You are not expected to do half an hour of additional work for every hour you spend at the office, just to prove you understand what your job function is.

    You are allowed off the grounds if you decide you need to leave. You are usually allowed to eat lunch at an off-site restaurant if you like.

    You are not required to put up with shame and abuse from fellow employees because you are wearing the wrong sneakers. You are not legally required to put up with shame and abuse from your managers because you have the wrong politics, or the wrong religion. If you do have this at your workplace, complaining about it does not label you an “at-risk employee.”

    The real world of the schoolchild is not the real world of the adult. School does not prepare children for the real world of the adult.

    I’m not trying to pick a fight. I’m just mad.


    Comment by
    Laura
    September 18th, 2003
    at 6:32 pm

    Gosh, speedwell, take a chill pill, OK?

    It’s too boring for kids to go to school at 8:00 every morning. How do they school them on Mars?


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 18th, 2003
    at 7:19 pm

    Home now, and taking my chill pill with a glass of Chardonnay. 🙂

    How DOES 8:00 in the morning on Earth translate to Mars time?


    Comment by
    Laura
    September 20th, 2003
    at 8:19 am

    I take mine with a rum-and-coke.