Sunday, June 26, 2005

Failing Student Forwarded Email...

Dawn Hansen, my Young Adult Literature professor, forwarded this on to me, and I found it amusing, though not likely true:

This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School

(California) Staff voted unanimously to record on their

school telephone answering machine. Thiscame about because

they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to

be responsible for their children's absences and missing


The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want

their children's failing grades changed to passing

grades even though those children were absent 15-30

times during the semester and did not complete

enough school work to pass their classes.

This is the actual answering machine message for the school:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering

service of your school.

In order to assist you in connecting the right staff

member, please listen to

all your options before making a selection:

"To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1

"To make excuses for why your child did not do his

work- Press 2

"To complain about what we do - Press 3

"To swear at staff members - Press 4

"To ask why you didn't get information that was

already enclosed in your

newsletter and several flyers mailed to

you - Press 5

"If you want us to raise your child -

Press 6

"If you want to reach out and touch, slap

or hit someone - Press 7

"To request another teacher for the third

time this year- Press 8

"To complain about bus transportation - Press 9

"To complain about school lunches - Press 0

"If you realize this is the real world and your

child must be accountable and

responsible for his/her own behavior, class work,

homework, and that it's not

the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort:

Hang up and have a nice


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