March 29, 2011

Pick your Poison

I received a mini chocolate fondue maker from a good friend the other day. I'm using it for a luncheon I'm having on Sunday. It needed to be tested to ensure it worked and of course, Bones was all about it.

I swear this was our conversation today at dinner.

Mr. T: So how does this work? How does the chocolate get to the top?

Me: By auger. There's an auger in the center of that middle piece and it pushes the chocolate to the top.

Bones: Ahhh. An auger. They used augers for irrigation for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

The other four members of the family: *blink*


Mr. T came home the other day and informed me that a girl in his class that WAS going to go to the local Catholic HS with him is no longer, but instead going to one of the public high schools, one I wouldn't be caught dead sending my sons to. Well... at least lowest on the list.

The reason? "It's not the money. My Mom said she's afraid I'll get into drugs if I go to ABC Catholic HS."

I sat there speechless at first.

My eldest busted out laughing when he heard it. He said, "Really? Are you kidding? Sure we have drugs, but ALL the high schools have drugs. Actually, they have MORE of a problem then we do!"

There was just so much wrong with this little girl's statement.

First, if I was her, I'd be so dang pissed that my Mom thought so little of my character that just sending me to a certain school assured that I would make such bad choices as to getting into drugs. That would SERIOUSLY piss me off.

Second, ALL the high schools have drugs. As I like to say, "Sure, ABC Catholic HS has drugs. Maybe a higher quality drug. They ALL have drugs."

All high schools have drugs and sex. Period. If you think your kids' HS does not, your head is in the sand and good luck with that.

What my son's high school does NOT have is... knife fights. Last year, this local HS that this girl is going to go to, had a knife fight on week 6 of school, the students gathered around to WATCH and a bunch of them got maced by the police.

We have absolutely NEVER had anything REMOTELY happen like that at our school. As a matter of fact, after the knife fight incident, and then a lock down at another area public HS due to a gun issue, my oldest said to me, "I'm OK where I am. I don't need to experience those high schools..."

The HS where Mr. T applied and got waitlisted is like a private HS. There aren't those issues... no guns, knife fights... but... guess what? Yes, there are drugs.

As a matter of fact, last weekend I had a van full of 16 year old boys due to the fact that none of my son's friends have a car and most don't have their license. (None of them have felt a big rush to drive.)

This particular group of my eldest's friends all go to a local HS just north of us, one with a big finance magnet. The boys informed me... well... this is the conversation:

Peter: Mrs. L, I have decided that high school is 60% social, 30% sex, and 10% academic.

Me: *blink* 30% sex.

Ringo: My high school is more academic than 10%.

Me: 30% sex?

Peter: Not where we are.

Me: 30% sex?

John: Peter, you damaged her. Mrs. L is stuck on this 30% statistic. Mrs. L, he just threw that out there...

Me: 30%?

The boys were laughing.

Peter: Things have changed since you were in HS.


Peter: HS is a joke.

John: Agreed.

Folks, 10% academic? John proceeded to tell me how their AP pass rates were miserable and that the AP History teacher bumps everyone's grade up 25 points, hence the inflated grades I hear coming out of some of these high schools.

10% academic. And we wonder why our kids are failing... even if they appear to be passing.

That is other than a handful of schools... I'd say only two of which are public. The rest... are a joke.

And this girl's Mom is not going to send her to ABC Catholic school because she's afraid of the drugs.

Wonder what she'll think of the knife fights...

Posted by Boudicca at March 29, 2011 10:10 PM

Forget the knofe fights - I'm still stuck on the 30% - SERIOUSLY?!?!?

Posted by: Shaz at March 30, 2011 12:56 AM

Yeah, I too would take the drugs over the knife fights any day.

And when you first mentioned "auger", my first thought was a toilet snake. At least Bones didn't think up that one...

Posted by: diamond dave at March 30, 2011 01:47 PM

I got in a knife fight at the observatory once.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at March 30, 2011 03:26 PM

This blows my mind. The small town where I went to high school had a total of 6 fights of any kind in 6 years - and 2 of them were girls. We didn't even know that drugs existed then. You could count the number of people skipping school on any given day on your 2 hands and usually on 1. And we had about 175 kids/ class - usually around 20 kids in any one subject. Of course we also had maybe 5 teachers under the age of 40 in the whole school. Some of the teachers had been there for over 40 years. It definitely was a whole different world in small town central Ohio in the 1950's.

Posted by: dick at March 30, 2011 08:10 PM

..... I feel for the poor girl, I really do...... however, knife fights can be very educational....... hell, I have had one mock knife-fight here in my kitchen that taught me a LOT about things......... and I have the scar to prove it.....

Posted by: Eric at March 30, 2011 09:18 PM

Bones was right. See:

Posted by: Carl Brannen at March 30, 2011 10:59 PM

just be thankful you have a hand in the decision making, unlike me, the step-mom who is not allowed any input at all on the kid's life.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at March 31, 2011 10:22 AM

That's why my kids went to the local Catholic schools. Not because of the fantastic academics (there were none) but the knife fights in the city where we lived started in Middle School. Kids being robbed at knife point on their way home, fights with arrests using chains and broken bottles etc etc etc. It continued into HS with the added fun of them being bigger and stronger.

Drugs - yes. All schools have them. What really really ticks me off is the whole reverse snob factor... "rich kids go to school there and the drug problem is horrible". Right. Whatever. People who believe that crap are the true idiots of the world and I do feel sorry for their kids.

Now about that sex thing... LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at March 31, 2011 01:58 PM

Things have *really* changed since I was in high school! Back in the dark ages it was only 10% sex... ;)

Posted by: pam at March 31, 2011 06:39 PM

My eldest has been out of HS for 10 years. In the first 5 years (while she was in college) we had 3 members of her graduating class OD from Heroin. One of the places that it happened is about two blocks from where we live in this nice little city where neighbors talk to each other and you see everyone out taking walks (plus the regular runners getting ready for the River Bank Run).

One would not think that an area like ours would have that problem, but there you are.

Posted by: The Thomas at April 2, 2011 01:53 PM