New School or No New School?

I can understand the need for a new high school. I mean, a school that’s over 55 years old needs to be updated at least, right?

But at what cost? And is it really for the students or is it just so the town can keep up with the other fancy schools in other nearby towns? To attract more teachers? More students?

Considering the people in charge appear to be trying to rush this thing through without much notice given to most of the townspeople (unless you have a student in the district, chances are you have no clue they are planning on building a new high school), and considering the state of economics in the country right now, I think this whole idea, especially now, is a bad idea. Taxes are going to go through the roof and retiree Joe Smoe is going to be blindsided. Because this whole thing was started with a little known “survey”, a survey that was sent around online and was allegedly answered by not even 200 people.

There are a few things that have “happened” at the school within the past year that raise a few questions in my mind. The pipes conveniently froze this past winter, in a heated school, causing the students to go remote–something the district was strictly against during the height of the pandemic. I also find it interesting to note the principal decided to move on from this high school to another high school after this year. Maybe she saw the writing on the wall.

I can say that a new, improved school is not going to guarantee new, improved teaching. The high school’s “vocational” program is a joke and one that was established only to keep up with the joneses in the other districts. Many of the students from one of the district’s towns already qualify to go to vocational school in another town. Our district offers four “vocational” programs. One of them is environmental science. Sorry. That’s a class I took in seventh grade. Other districts offer 8 to 12 vocational programs, including nursing. Our district offers early childhood as a vocational program. And with their new school, their intention is to have pre-schoolers on the grounds for the early education vocation students to teach. Really? If I were a parent, I don’t think I’d want my 3 or 4 year old being taught by a 16 year old who may or may not actually want to be a teacher. And recent statistics show a drop in people wanting to become teachers, due in part to school shootings and union crap. Seriously, I’d rather learn how to dig up rocks with the environmental science crew. That is. when the teacher is there. Because I can attest to my student’s freshman year and how the class was taught more by the vice-principal than the actual teacher. Because she was never there!

And along with their new school they better think long and hard about how they are going to treat and teach their special needs students. Not brush them aside when the student tells them they want to do school remotely, then tell the student and their parents to find a remote school, which there are none so then the parents are forced to homeschool the student. Because the school was not willing to work with the student, understand the student and their needs and figure out how to make it work. Then the school is so stupid, because once the student leaves the district to homeschool (and eventually quits school), they never remove the student or their parents from their email list. So all year long we got emails from the principal about how bathroom privileges were being taken away and cell phones had to be locked up and how there was a lockdown at the school due to a bomb threat, how she was leaving the district for another school, etc. And of course that’s how we learned about the “frozen pipes”.

So when it comes time in September to vote for this “new” school, even including the fraction of state help that is allegedly being provided, I’m voting NO. Taxes aside, because I’m already paying higher taxes from the elementary school that was built in my town 20 years ago. It’s because an improved building isn’t going to improve the education of students. It takes much more than that. And if the district hasn’t figured that out by now, they never will. New school or not.

Around and around

How many more variants is it going to take for the world to learn that without continuous and consistent prevention, i.e., vaccinations, masks, social distancing, etc., we are nothing but a dog chasing its tail. And we’re never going to catch it. The tail, that is. Covid we’ll have no problem catching. We’re already pros at it.

Beyond Proposals

In the shadow of the most recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Texas and Oklahoma, tonight President Biden appealed to Congress with proposals for tougher gun laws.

His first proposal states “ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines OR raise age to purchase from 18 to 21”. Sorry, but the proposal should actually be “ban all guns of ANY kind NO MATTER HOW OLD THE PERSON IS”. So which would it be? Ban assault weapons? Ban high-capacity magazines? Raise the age? First of all, let’s be more specific. Just say AR-15. And I’m not sure what normal human being wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow at a person in their gun shop wanting to buy an AR-15 and loads of ammunition. Wouldn’t you think they were up to no good? Or maybe the gun shop owner doesn’t care because they got paid, so who gives a shit how many people the son-of-a-bitch blows away? And age? What the fuck difference does it make if the person buying an AR-15 is 18 or 80? The point is THEY SHOULDN’T BE BUYING AN AR-15 IN THE FIRST PLACE!

The next proposal is “expand background checks”. Please. In most states where assholes purchase their guns they don’t even need a license. To even think gun sellers would be on board with that is ludicrous. Because they don’t care about anything but the almighty buck.

Next: “enact safe storage laws”. Yes, because once you own that AR-15 that you have no reason to own, you must protect it from being taken away.

His next one is “address mental health crisis”. Yes, I agree that there is a mental health crisis but not everyone with a mental health issue has an assault weapon that they are going to use to kill a mass of people. I do believe that if you own an assault rifle, which you really shouldn’t own, you probably do have some sort of mental health issue that needs to be addressed. Because owning one of those is not something a person in their right mind does.

The only one I even remotely feel Biden has issued correctly is “repeal immunity that protects gun manufacturers from liability”. The issue starts with them and they should be the first responsible. In the case of any mass killing, there are a lot of people responsible but not the ones left dead. They are just the innocent victims.

Although it will fall on mainly deaf ears and America will face yet another mass shooting tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next, I give Biden credit for trying and at least offering proposals of some sort. It’s more than the Republicants in Congress are willing to do. Shit, they’d watch their own flesh and blood get murdered and still wouldn’t do anything about gun control.

The GOP is so deranged and hung up on their guns that they would sacrifice their own flesh and blood to keep their own pockets lined with blood money.

If it had been any of their own children in that school in Texas or any other school for that matter who had been killed, they still wouldn’t give a fuck. They wouldn’t even shed a tear or ask for “thoughts and prayers”. Because they have no souls. They don’t even like their own children.

Shit, they don’t even give a fuck when it happens to themselves.

That’s just how sick the GOP fucks are.

The Best Career I’ll Ever Have

The company that pays me always harks on their employees furthering their “careers” within the company. In the almost 15 years I’ve been with said company, I’ve never felt that what I currently do, or what I have done in the past, is a “career”. To me, it’s always just been a job. Something that pays the bills.

Merriam-Webster’s definition of “career” is: “a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling” or “a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life”. None of the positions I have held at said company fit either of these definitions. The definition of “job” is more suited: “a regular remunerative position” or “a specific duty, role, or function”.

When thinking about the term “career”, only one thing comes to mind: motherhood. Now many can rightfully argue that motherhood is more a “job” than a “career”, with using the definition of “something that has to be done” or “an undertaking requiring unusual exertion”. However, “motherhood” is a profession for which one trains (constantly) and which is undertaken as a permanent calling. Many people change their “careers”; but you can never change the “career” of being a mother. Since the definition of “career” uses the phrase “permanent calling”, I’d say “motherhood” is definitely the only “career” in the world. No other “job” or “career” is more permanent than giving birth to another human being and raising that human into an adult. And even as an adult still being their mother. Forever and ever. Through thick and thin.

Unlike someone who may decide to change their “career” from truck driver to plumber, there is no changing the motherhood “career”. It is 24/7, 365, until the day you die. And even then, you’re still a mother. But instead of being a mother who is there for their child every day, you are a mother who is missed every day by their child.

Are there a lot of rewards with this career? Way more than there are with the paying job. Are there are a lot of headaches? Of course. What worthwhile career doesn’t have those? There are many more years to go in my motherhood career. But for now I can look back on the 17 years I’ve already been working this career and be proud of what I have accomplished.