Sunday, October 14, 2007

Schools That Don't Teach

Last night we went to the Stillwater High School production of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a campy and cute farcical play in which our Heather preformed. The production, despite bad direction, was a lot of fun and the kids worked their asses off. Most notable was Hannah Rourke, who was delightful as the Townsperson, a kind of mediator between the cast, the audience, and the Technical Director, an unseen godlike presence who creates flashbacks and segues to not only move the story along, but to save Robin Hood and his troupe in the end...

When we first arrived, we went to the ticket box to buy our tickets, which were $5 apiece. We immediately noticed two handwritten signs on the wall:

1 Ticket = $5
2 Tickets = $10
3 Tickets = $15
4 Tickets = $20

When we asked why the sign was necessary, we were told that the students who were selling tickets the night before didn't know how to charge the theatergoers for more than one ticket.

Uh... What?

This is high school.
These kids are entering college.
These kids will soon be entering the workforce.
Soon, they will be running the country.

I remember learning to count by 5s in the 3rd Grade. How is it that our country is so hot on creating little geniuses who can read War and Peace before entering Kindergarten, but end up turning out high school grads who can't count by 5s? In the time it took someone to write those two signs, they could have explained it to these kids. It is a school, is it not?


  1. What, no calculator at the register? ;-)

  2. A calculator would have been more appropriate than a sign that demonstrates just how "no child left behind" is actually leaving every child behind.

    This is shameful.

  3. And of course, the drama teacher couldn't give the kids a quick lesson in counting by fives because, "That's not my job. Obviously, the math teacher isn't dedicated to his work."

  4. Could the kids have been learning disabled? One would have to be far below grade level, but developmentally disabled in order to have trouble with fives.

  5. No. Nettl spoke with the woman in charge. The signs were for the drama kids who were asked to sell tickets.