Today’s post is a message from perennial sophomore Bubby Spamden, forever enrolled at Wendell Willkie High School.
Hey, Mr. C!
Sorry I only write to you when I want you to do something for me or I have a complaint, but what do you expect? You’re an old guy and I’m still in high school, so for us to be just-hanging-out friends would be weird.
But I saw this article and it really got me riled up.
Well, actually, Mr. Boozenporn made us read this article in social studies class, and it got me thinking about how so much of life winds up being about your expectations.
Really! Because you know I’m super focused on what I’ll do for a living if I ever get out of Willkie. On account of they keep threatening to graduate me, since I’m older than the janitor now.
Anyway, Mr. B. showed us this article about how a bunch of elementary schools are getting rid of sit-down desks and making their students stand instead!
For example, nearly every classroom in the Vallecito Elementary School, in San Rafael California, now has standing desks!
I found out there’s been a bunch of news coverage of this, and all the students, teachers and parents they quoted go on and on about how great it is for helping kids stay focused and keeping them healthy.
Blah Blah Blah.
Nobody spoke up for the best part of desk-sitting in school, which is the way being crouched down behind a piece of furniture all day makes it easy to hide stuff in your desk, write secret notes, make spitballs, and etc, etc, etc.
This looks like a secret plan by education bosses and trend-followers to get rid of the school experience that I loved so much – where you’re in a constant battle with the teacher over winning the attention of the other students and the sit-down desk is your foxhole!
Some say the stand-up desk helps prep the little kids for the workplace of their future because it’s a big trendy deal in corporate offices now. But the difference is in corporations it’s the higher-ups (literally) that get to have a stand up work space, and it’s always their choice if they want to do it!
So telling kids the stand-up desk gets them an early start on their career sends the wrong message, because the only kind of stand-up job that’s available when you get into the workforce today is fast food worker, cashier, barista, waiter, stock clerk, and road work signal man!
Not to put down those jobs, but if I ever get to college, I definitely want to graduate with a degree in Sitting Down and Telling People What To Do.
Sit-down jobs are still the best, because that’s where the money is. And I’m pretty sure all those corporate CEO’s are hiding cool stuff in their desks!
What did you hide in your elementary school desk?