I went into school today to find five packets of surveys from Dr. Alonso's office, with a note saying they'd take 5-10 minutes to complete in class and that we're required to do them. They were, of course, dumped on all English classes. The Assistant Principal saw the mock dirty look I gave her when she mentioned them in our faculty meeting last week, and made a little joke about it; I still sort of thought they'd be distributed differently. No such luck. That's the burden of English class, I guess - losing all sorts of class periods to guidance visits, survey distribution, school pictures, and any other chore that needs to be done. I guess it has to be done, as every student takes one of our classes.
That's all fine, but the survey was definitely not ten minutes. Half of my class, maybe a little more, was taken up by this darn thing, which asked 9th grade students to predict their future careers, majors, and five possible college choices, among many other things. I spent a lot of the class answering questions like, "So, if I want to be a forensic scientist, what major should I have?" and "What state is the University of Chicago in?" and "What are is the state abbreviation for California?" and "Why isn't their cosmetology on here?". I put a list of colleges on the chalkboard that our students have gone to and been successful at, to give them ideas.
I act like I'm complaining, but it's actually pretty inspiring to hear 9th graders ask so many excited questions about their future. The thing that is sad, though, is that they have so much work to do before they're ever going to be considered for these great schools they're putting on this survey, and, while they're capable, I'm not sure if they're willing. With the state of the economy right now, and the possible death of Pell grants and other federal aid programs, I am a little worried for the class of 2012. The lower socio-economic level kids with the A's will be getting the scholarship money. The kids who can't afford college with the B's will get what is left over. The poor kids with the C's and D's won't be getting much at all, it doesn't seem like.
2 years ago