Monday, December 5, 2011


AP Geography. They had a test. 52 questions. Multiple choice. As soon as the announcements were over they got started.

They had been working maybe five minutes when the door opened. Two girls popped in and announced that the annual canned food drive ends tomorrow.

Usually, when someone enters a classroom to make an announcement, they ask for permission and/or apologize for interrupting class. Most of the time it's no big deal as we're not doing much more than random book work. But this class was silent. These kids were taking a test. And no asking of permission or apology.

And the announcement that the canned food drive ends tomorrow? It was in the morning announcements.

A boy at the back of the room complained that he wasn't going to finish his test. I assured him that he still had plenty of time.

The class got right back to work.

The door opened again. Another girl. Same announcement.

The rest of the class joked that the boy would definitely not finish his test.

Geez. You'd think they'd coordinate. Seems kind of silly to go to each classroom twice.

(The boy did finish his test.)


  1. People tend to think that charity, gift-giving, and self-sacrifice need to be given priority over all other considerations in the name of helping someone else. That's just how it is. You could be on your death bed talking to someone and another person will butt in and say "Sorry but we're raising money for breast cancer!? Can you donate?"

    "Excuse me, but I'm talking to my mother who's on her deathbed."


    Yeah...that's just how it is.

  2. Oh wow. Ha. Same interruption and announcement? Truth is stranger than fiction! Um, yeah--like you said: silly. ;o)


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