That’s probably why I was so annoyed at having to complete two full-page school enrollment forms for each of my children.
On the same day that my son was among approximately 900 students to attend West Virginia’s newest and largest high school, I had to hand write the same information I’ve been providing the school system for years.
As officials touted the ”state-of-the-art facility with high-tech advancements for classroom learning,” I had to print my name and phone number four times on four copies of the same form.
I really have no reason to complain. My son has a unique opportunity. He is attending a school that this year has no senior class but has 14 science labs. The desks are designed for technology and the students use iPads.
I just don’t understand how a school system that has invested 45 million dollars into a building can’t invest in a computerized system that updates my children’s information and emergency contacts.
Having worked in the nonprofit world for years, I understand funding streams and designated dollars. What I don’t understand is not using technology and instead opting for inefficiency.
As my friend Sara, with whom I was talking while filling out the yellow monsters, said, ”Those are the same forms my parents filled out when I was in school.”
In reality, I shouldn’t be hung up on low-tech systems or high-tech schools. Instead I, like our school system, should simply be concerned with whether or not my children are learning and have the skills they need to excel once they leave public schools.
Complaints about anything else would be bad form.
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