It’s only Thursday. Screaming isn’t allowed until Friday afternoon after all the students have left. (Please don’t scare the custodians, without whom we would all be in dire straits.)
We passed our “Code Red” practice drill with flying colors this week. A “Code Red” is an “OMG there’s a terrorist” lockdown, the 21st-century version of the old “duck and cover” drills we did decades ago during the Cold War. I suppose it’s actually more useful — locking the doors and being quiet is definitely better than pretending that a rickety school desk will protect one from nuclear radiation.
On the other hand, in the past three weeks we’ve had as many pre-teen perverts scurrilous knaves who thought they could get away with trying to Google up p*rn from the school computers. As if we’re not going to catch them?! Well, that’s three students who won’t be using computers except for absolutely required functions, with a staff member at their elbow the whole time. A “required function” would be something like a math-practice program or standardized test that is required by the school district.
Right now we’re administering a reading assessment, and already we’re tired of reciting the standardized instructions, for all I do a decent imitation of a Star Trek computer.
If you want more stories of academia, the latest Carnival of Education is going on over at The Core Knowledge blog. I guarantee “they’re a scream” (hilarious). Or, enlightening. Probably both.
Otherwise, here’s a great sign that will be appreciated by anyone who has either sat one of those long standardized tests, or proctored one: