Parent Conference Night is today. I love when parents show interest in their kids. Sadly, only a small percentage does.
"Woke up at 9.55am. Soon as I woke up, I looked at Suzanne and she looked at me. I said, 'Did I tell you about the immune system?' Suzanne starting laughing, I said, 'it's amazing.' She said, 'Not now.'"
Above all this, though, I blame the drop off in comic book readership over the past 20 years. I know, this may sound bizarre, but I'm an English teacher readership and circulation are way down compared to when I was in high school in the late 80s. Apart from that, comics are no longer priced or written for kids.
Not to mention that they're available only in specialty shops which, in most areas, aren't in places kids would be going anyway. You don't get that introduction by finding a comic based on a movie or toy you know at the grocery store or gas station (most people don't even go into gas stations anymore), then finding out that there are entire stores devoted to this unbridled awesomeness. Even things like Free Comic Book Day, which should really heighten awareness, are essentially for folks who are already reading. (The comic shops have to pay to carry the books. Why doesn't Diamond use the proceeds to run an advertising blitz?)
I don't blame video games for the downturn in comics. They were around in the 1980s. The NES, SNES, GameBoy, and Sega Genesis were all on sale and massively popular during the sales heyday of the early 1990s. People tend to forget that.
Given how many people claim they learned to read, or became interested in reading, as a result of comics, you really have a point there.
That's my jacket!
My wife is beginning to sport that "light at the end of the tunnel" look!
Through a weary face, of course....
¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!
Am getting closer to finishing those pesky research projects; here's hoping their quality improves, however.
I avoid being a "countdown" person, as it makes one less focused and, well, tunnel-eyed. But there are 12 left, with the last three as half-day finals (two classes per). But who's counting?
1) Why was conference night so late in the school year? That may be one reason for the low turnout.
2) The turnout rate is usually pretty good for elementary schools. Most parents recognize the need to keep on top of things for their elementary school age students.
While parents should turn out regardless of age, I know the expectation is that students, when they reach middle and high school age, the need to "be in the know" isn't as great.
I have about 75% turnout for my 5th grade class during our open house and even greater for conference days and nights.
Of course scheduling conferences and having parents blow them off is a different story.
Oh and congrats to the California based teachers. You will surely have and extra jig in your step this week.
"The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see, the future is. But this I am sure of - do their duty the Jedi will." --Yoda from Attack of the Clones.