Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – Merry Christmas and Day Two of the New School Year
We wish you a Merry Christmas – just four months from today. But today is the second day of the new school year and our attention turns to the high school counselor. So let’s get in the Way Back Machine and go to McCullough High School around 1978 and a line outside the counselor’s office.
Student: Hi, Miss Duffey
M: Hey Nat. Why are you in line?
Mrs. P. has my vocational classes and academic classes all mixed up. See, first and second period are vocational, then third and fourth are academic and fifth and sixth are vocational. The vocational classes are at Conroe High School and the academic ones are at McC. How am I supposed to get back and forth?
M: I see.
And now a dialog in the counselor’s office.
Mrs. P. – Hello, Miss Duffey
Me: Blanche, there are 38 students in my fourth period American History class and six students in my fifth period class – one of whom says she has already taken American history at her previous school.
B: (shuffling papers) Well, now, let me see. The computer says… I see. Hmm.
Me: The computer does not talk. It is based on the numbers you put into it. So, please, you must level out the classes. Also, if I recall, I asked you to put Tommy Bittner in my first period American History class. I really want him with those others from my last year’s 8th Grade class. And he is not even in any of my classes.
B: Well, I will work on it and get it all straightened out.
Blanche Pressler – May you rest in incompetent and blissful peace.