Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It appears that most of the schools in Connecticut will have an early dismissal today, due to the opppressive weather.

I agree that it would be barbaric to make, students and teachers alike, sit it out in a sweatbox of a classroom where there is no A/C. I can also see why New England classrooms, for the most part, do not have the luxury of air conditioning. With the school year being what it is, the assumption is that there would only be a limited number of 'problem' days. Alas, then there was global warming. Climate changes mean that all bets are off. Unfortunately, our bureaucrats/administrators just don't get it.

I guess what bothers me the most is this; these decision-makers are being reactive and not having an foresight at all.

Think about it. It was only 8:15 am, and the banner was already flashing that there would be an early dismissal. Let's look at this in real terms. The kids have not even been at their desks for an hour at this point. By the time the buses get mobilized and the bureaucrats do whatever they do, you are probably looking at a release time of about noon. Now, if you could choose, would you rather be in a sweatbox of a classroom or a tin can on wheels at the absolute most oppressive time of the day? The other thing is this - did this heat wave sneak up on the powers that be? I don't know about you, but I had almost a week's notice. So, knowing what we did, administrators still decided to pack all of the kids onto buses, sending thousands of pounds of emissions into the air, to bring these kids to their destinations, only to make the return trip a couple of hours later. It is obvious that the decision-makers are not brain surgeons, but they are really showing their ignorance here.