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"Thoughts on a bus" or "It's easy to say stuff like this when you don't have kids of your own..."

Haven't done this for a while...namely updated my LJ while riding on public transport but when gas is $4.60 a gallon (and I still need to license my car) BART and Muni seem to be the way to go. Actually, there are a lot of things I like about it... especially when it's not during peak hours. I can see the sights...not worry about other drivers, finding places to park, fret about gas and not have to worry about getting smashed into by psycho SF drivers!

I am also noting that as we move I am picking up random internet signals...darn, I wish more people had unsecured networks. Boo.

It's been a fairly productive week. I am this close to finishing up a project I should have finished a long time ago...I have been doing storyboards as a birthday present to myself... I dropped off a portfolio for a teaching gig I'm trying to get and had a meeting with a guy about doing some political cartoons for some tshirts.

It's also been Lisa's last week of school...and thank goodness we didn't have rehearsals or performances this week since she has been coming home progressively later each night trying to finish up. She has this policy that I'm really starting to disagree with for a varietly of reasons.
Students are allowed to turn in all their work up to the very last minute...they are allowed to fix assignments and quizzes and tests and as a result she has gotten deluged with paperwork the very last few days of school.
Her philsophy is that kids are there to learn and if they are willing to do the work she's willing to take it no matter what. I mean, it sounds really good...except I think she's being enormously taken advantage of.
And it's not that I'm just cranky she has been coming home so late after going through all the paperwork. It seems really unfair to the students who get things done on time...what the lesson seems to be is deadlines don't really matter, there's no consequence to bombing something if you can just fix it and redo it later.

When I was at Sheridan the first semester of school, my animation teacher had a policy that if you bombed an assignment you could redo it...but the highest mark you could expect would be a C. She told me that since we were concentrating hard on animation basics she wanted to give us every opportunity to get them down...but she didn't want the extra time to do it to be a reward...hence the lower mark as the highest possibility.

Anyway...I'm not a school teacher...I'm not sure how I would handle things. I guess a lot depended on the age and the subject but if there's no consequence to not handing stuff in on time, you're just reinforcing some bad habits.

I'm sure right now my mother is falling over dead of a heart attack because I was not the most motivated of students and was never good about handing my stuff in on time so for me to harp on this now as an adult is probably a cause of great amusement but honestly...if you want to teach a kid that deadlines are important...you jolly well better make them important!
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