Wednesday, May 31, 2017
It Won't Hurt Anything...
Fifth period economics. Seniors. It was after lunch on a warm day.
Class started. I closed the door and switched on the air conditioner. But it wasn't clicking on quickly enough for Nathan. He got up and went to adjust the temperature.
Sure enough, he had moved it down to 66°F, touching nothing else.
"No need to freak out. It won't hurt anything..."
And I growled. Internally.
A couple years ago, Ms. P told me of her a/c issues. It was one of those days where I saw the teacher before she left for her training or whatever. It's been a saga. She'd figured out how to make sure the a/c kept working, but eventually it did die. It has since been fixed, sort of.
The air conditioner warning remains in her lesson plan:
Having been in class when the a/c died by 5th period, I know she's not being an alarmist. So, I made sure to set the thermostat to 73°F (just to be safe), and I turned it off during passing periods when the door would be open.
Which is why Nathan's offhand comment irritated me so.
"Um, yes, actually, it might blow out the a/c," and I explained to Nathan why his thoughtless a/c adjustment could be really bad. "You don't want to lose the a/c before June, do you?"
Half of me wanted to let him blow out the a/c just to spite him. But it would have hurt Ms. P and the rest of the really nice students. And who knows when I'd end up covering that class again?