My life is now constructed to offer weekends off. That means sleeping in til the princely hour of 6:30 am, dawdling over coffee, and slicing up some stupendously good slab bacon to slow roast in the oven.
In other words; In shorter form, 'AHHhhhhhhh.............'
Said coffee was tippled in the hot tub this morning, watching the sunrise march across the trees surrounding the castle. A relaxing place to consider upcoming challenges, and their defeat.
Case in point, the advanced electrical diagnosis course I begin teaching in a few days. It hasn't begun yet, but I am already being CC'ed into the e-mail stream of the institution. Perhaps as a warning..... who can say?
The recent self-withdrawal of a student generated a meeting of ties, wherein this list of issues was carefully constructed at great mental expense. In other words, they managed to crayon down his reasons for abandoning their expensive program....
• None of the vehicles run.
• The quality of the vehicles deteriorated throughout the course of the school year.
• Nothing was spent to keep vehicles functional.
• Did not having access to tools and equipment. Items were locked up with limited access.
• The evening instructors had to bring in their own tools due to lack and unavailability of tools.
• The lab was not clean and orderly.
• The lab was always full not allowing the evening students the space to bring in projects.
• The lifts were never available.
• Supplies, when available, were very limited.
My own thoughts as I read this generated my own internal list in response.
- How many vehicles has the administration bought in recent years for the students to learn on? (Zero)
- How much has been spent to keep what vehicles there are, functional? (Zero)
- How much has been spent on equipment specifically for the college level program to use? (Zero).
My mind set is familiar, long practiced, and time honored with success:
SCREW them. Get the hell out of my way. MY students are going to LEARN.
Besides.... I only have eight weeks or so to make this magic happen. Not enough time to fix the glaring issues with the school, nor do I wish to bother trying. But..... maybe enough time to do something really good for the students.