School- The Happiest Days Of Our Lives? Really?
Summer flew by and now school, oh joy, has started again. We're (well, obviously not you, because you are old ) reminded that school is the best days of our lives apparently. So, starting the last year of my school life, I went into the start, expecting a change of the traditionally shoddy standards that I've grown used to over the last few years. Here's just a sprinkling of the issues of being a student in.....well, I'll call it DFS, the Sofa selling place. Might as well be.
*In take of breath*
- Soon as we started back, apparently we were supposed to be sorted into "house" systems that was aimed to build "social cohesion" amongst the different years. Start of the third week, has it happened? No. Doesn't it occur to them we've been in "houses" from day one? They're called "year groups."
- We've got a person in charge of our year who literally doesn't know what day of the week it is.
- The already cramp Sixth form area has become even more cramp with the arrival of big, pointless and heavy double doors, which cause a 3 mile tail back of people trying to get in.
- Meanwhile, where those doors are really needed (Unisex toilets- a bad idea in a school full of hormonal kids) there are none, causing an unsavoury smell to waft across a corridor and into the opposing dining hall. Yum.
- Apparently the tech dudes have been working "really hard" over the summer to install Windows 7 on every school computer. Have they? No. This was the software every computer in the school was supposed to have this time LAST year.
- None of the printers in my ICT room work, meaning it's impossible to print of any of our coursework, which is highly important to pass the course, for marking.
- Speaking of ICT, the ICT teachers generally have no clue on how computers work, with my teacher (the head of ICT) seemingly unable to work a simple projector, or fix aforementioned printers.
- The computers are generally, slow, unresponsive piles of sh*t that take 30 minutes to log on, and another 30 minutes to open a word processing application.
- Our service provider blocks websites that aren't pornography, they are research for homework!
- I have a random day off tomorrow that I didn't learn about until a friend informed me on Friday. Apparently it's to allow teachers to do
early Christmas shoppingmore training.
- Computers seem to be impossible to get on other than in the Sixth form area if you are a Post 16, because clearly, Year 7s have so much more important work to do...
- Teachers don't know where their classes are.
- If they do know, they aren't helpful. I'm wishing to resit a class and have been emailing different teachers practically every day to ask to find out what I do, yet all I get is vague, nothing-ness answers, often being referred to the next clueless sod.
And yet, this place continues to pass Ofsted inspections. Quite how, I have no fricking clue.
So, is school really the happiest days of our lives? If so, what's to come in the future?