#179: A “Workable” Solution

Today the English Department
got together to figure out how
to relieve a colleague of a student load of


That’s all I really have to say.
The fact alone is enough.
One of our colleagues
was assigned 217 students.

The obvious solution,
hiring another teacher,
is apparently out of the question.

A school is given so many
positions of full time employment
and it is what it is and for the most part
cannot be changed.

It might be of interest to reveal
how we “solved” the problem:
One heroic individual volunteered
to teach five preparations.

This was a “workable” solution.

Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

2 thoughts on “#179: A “Workable” Solution

  1. Although I sort of hope it was, I also hope that hero wasn’t yourself, Jarmer. You have some writing to do. You need to save humanity from itself before it’s too late!

    PS The British flag is interesting. Truly “old school.”

    PPS Do you guys not have a union? I’m loving mine more each day. CC + IB for all 11th & 12th graders, ugh. “One law for the lion and the ox is oppression.” http://www.blakearchive.org/exist/blake/archive/object.xq?objectid=mhh.c.illbk.24&java=no

    1. It was not me. I was not the hero. Yeah, the flag, but check out the map! Yes, of course, we have a union. And for the most part, it’s effective–except where class size is concerned.

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