I know this seems like a weird post to post right after all that lovey-dovey Christmas stuff, but this has been a draft forever and I may as well just get it all off my chest :)
Here are my pet peeve confessions.
1) It's like fingernails on a chalkboard when I see these cups. They drive me nutty.
2) Our high school has only full-hour lunches available so a lot of kids opt out of lunch so that they can get in the credits they need. Teenagers need a break in the day! I think they perform better when they have a little while to unwind during the day. And that social time helps unify the whole school! When I was in high school lunch was it. That's really the biggest thing I remember. Sure, I remember things like an awesome teacher here and there, and I'm grateful for all I learned, but that lunch hour made school interesting. Different groups of kids got to mix together, kids branched out or even just observed other kids. Sociality is part of education if you ask me. Especially when this generation spends so stinkin' much time on technology.
I know I'm not in charge of schools around here, but boy howdy if I was, I would have two or even three overlapping lunches that would be only 35-45 minutes (that's what we did at my high school). And I would have a rule that kids put away their technology and actually talk to each other face to face during that time.
Yes, that's in my dream world.
3) I would also vote for bringing back lockers here in the desert because seriously, I loved having a locker. I feel bad for these poor kids lugging around all their books all day. And there's nothing to decorate on birthdays :)
4) On a different topic, this happens all the time around here:
5) That I have to fumble through my bag and pull out my Costco card to show the people every single time I enter in that place. Come on people, you have to know me by now! I am in there like every other day and I could probably call everyone who works there by name at this point. Besides, what would be the point of sneaking in without a card anyway? You have to have one to check out, right?
Just let me walk into the store in peace I beg of you.
6) Dirty socks.
That's all I have to say about that.
7) Ok, my last pet peeve (at least that I'll complain about today...) is that it doesn't seem like schools require hardly a stitch of reading these days. I mean, seriously, Max, as a sophomore last year, read two books!
And they didn't read them at home, they read them as a class together at school. Is that a normal trend now or is that just how they do things here in the desert? Are my kids going to even know how to read a decent book when they graduate?
I talked to a couple teachers why this is the case and do you know what they said? They said that they've found that "kids these days just won't read." What?? What happened to requiring them to read? Now we just let kids do whatever they want? They need more time to text and Instagram things?? We're too worried to step on toes to actually have a reading list? Do we have to pay for private schools to actually expect the best?
These kids are the future of our country. Reading is SO important! My kids think I am the meanest mom in the world that I make them read for a half hour each day outside of school. A half hour? When we went in to the Jr. High meet-the-teacher night Grace almost crawled right out the door in embarrassment when I asked her English teacher about his reading schedule and what was required. But this is a big deal! Why are we not reading more?!
I know, I know, as a parent I can require reading at home.
And I do.
But it's different when it comes from school. And it changes an entire generation if they are readers.
Ok, I must excuse myself while I go clean up dirty socks strewn around the house and fill up my water filtering pitcher that I'm sure is sitting empty in my fridge.
Oh man, life is oh so good, but sometimes you just need to let off a little steam:)