Pin-headed Bureaucrats

The local school district informed me this morning that a new district policy had been put in place. Further, if I was to volunteer to chaperon my son’s upcoming field trip to Darien Lake, I would first be required to take a one-hour mandatory volunteer training course.

I was shocked. After all, I have been volunteering in this district for 9 years. I’ve organized and judged science fairs, chaperoned a previous trip to Albany, conducted classroom demos and workshops, etc. Hell, I’m scheduled to spend tomorrow afternoon teaching 6th Graders to program Lego Mindstorm robots. But I never stopped to think that I was completely untrained for this. I thoughtlessly never considered the risk that I was taking with the well being of the little lives and minds in my temporary charge. After all, there’s no way that 13 years of parenting, and 4-plus decades on the planet punctuated with stints of coaching kids and teaching adults has in any way prepared me for the task of supervising 6th Graders on a trip to a local amusement park. Hell, I took 4 kids to Orlando in February. What was I thinking? I wasn’t trained for that!! They might be scarred for life!

I can hardly wait for this engaging and informative seminar that will finally qualify me to be in charge of children. I expect we’ll learn things like:

  • Bus Safety – “never use children for wheel chocks”
  • Zero Tolerance – “never share your beer with kids while on school property”
  • Classroom Control – “sometimes a stern word can be as effective as a nuclear dope slap”
  • Respect for Authority – “don’t let the kids cajole you into spit-balling the teachers”
  • Tort Law – “if the district is ever sued for your behavior, swear they trained you not to do that”

This is gonna be sooooooo exciting…


Tech Support Tip of the Day

You may have noticed that your Windows clock is drifting a bit since you installed the new Daylight Savings Time patch. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s now generating an error when trying to synchronize your clock with the standard time servers. Apparently the new patch isn’t compatible with either of the standard time servers installed with Windows. But the fix is very simple. The NIST time server is compatible. You just need to add it.

– Double click your clock to open the Date and Time Properties
– Go to the Internet Time tab
– Click in the Server: field and paste the following server name – time-nw.nist.gov
– Click the Update Now button
– You should get a message saying the time has been successfully synchronized

And now you don’t have an excuse for being late (or early)…


News Worthy

Kim contributes this post:

Don’t get me wrong… I’ve shed as many tears as anyone while watching the news of the shootings at VT. And, I’m horrified about it. But I had the news on most all day today and there was not ONE word about the fact that the Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion law that Bush put in place. We are one step closer to them feeling that they can overturn Roe v. Wade and women will loose their right to control their own bodies. This is just what every Christian and right wing republican has been waiting for. They will feel they are one step closer… and I’m sure they are. However, it wasn’t even news today. I have to ask myself why that was the case. I’m disgusted at both of these incidents, but both are very news worthy. Maybe the republicans are happy to just quietly let it have happened and hope that everyone is so wrapped up in the shooting stories, that they won’t notice how much closer we are to losing all our reproductive rights. Crazy…