Tuesday, February 2, 2010

On Accountability and Horns

Accountability.
It does not matter who you are or what you do, you are accountable in some way, shape, or form in your life. If you don't own up to that accountability, one would think that there should be repercussions, right? Well, that would be the common sense, logical answer. However, there is a sector of American society that seems to be oblivious to that.
Okay, so where am I going with this? Lets see. Today was report card pick-up at my school.....semester report cards none-the-less. Report card pick-up is after school hours from 2:40 to 5:30. I have 57 students on my rooster. Okay, take a guess how many parents showed up?...............40? You jest............30? Well, that is almost half of 57 and its a nice thought but your too high.............okay, 20 you say? sigh..........thanks for thinking that but you have to go a bit lower............15?? so close but no prize. It was 14...........yes, out of 57 students, 14 parents showed up. Okay, now for the real test, of those 14 who did show up, how many of them were the parents of good students, you know the ones who have GPA's in the 3.0 or higher range? I would like to say 14 but it was 12.
I am NOT A PARENT, I am a TEACHER. I can only do so much, I do need the OTHER HALF to do THEIR J-O-B............be ACCOUNTABLE!! I know I am being heartless, I am not taking into account that the other 43 parents were working......well if one knew my school and that it is 90 % poverty rate and the unemployment rate is just as high at the school........do you see where I am going with this? I believe in many of my students, some of them are great kids, I have had students go on to college and they are supported by truly good parents/step-parents. But too many of them are stuck in a bad cycle, one that too often does not get broken. There is too much enabling going on in America and not enough accountability. I am tired. It was a long day. I need to shut up.
BUT........just one more thing..........................

I would like to share some pics of my handsome boys! From left to right is Rutland (a half polled ram lamb), Jasper, a full polled yearling ram, and Lil'Country Acres Jedidiah, sire to Jasper and Grandpa to Rutland. Working with polled lines has created quite a variety of rams for me. Someone out in blog land mentioned horns were vanishing from the Shetlands. I beg to differ, if anything working with the polled lines has brought not only variety but some nice temperaments also in my opinion.

I hung this hay feeder the other day and it has been a big hit for the Cotswolds and the LaManchas. The black butt is Sosa, my black Nigerian Dwarf who is just a bossy and pushy little thing and has no fear of those larger than her and who will not let anyone get more food than her.

No, there are no vanishing Shetland horns here, just some handsome half polled boys soaking up the sun and wondering if they might get some action next breeding season.
Such impatient little boys;)



4 comments:

Christine said...

I'm actually surprised you were able to get that many to show up. Sad.

Have I mentioned how much I love the new photo in the header?

Barb said...

Isn't it nice, that after a really terrible, horrible day away that you can come home to such lovely critters? I hope it helps to slow down your heart rate, lower your stress levels and bring a sense of "rightness" to your world. Sending you good thoughts.

Christy said...

I am often depressed by the lack of accountability in this country. I teach college and the students expect easy As with no work. They don't seem to think they should have to earn anything. It is the same in my son's martial arts. The kids just get the next belt with little or no work.

kristi said...

Christine,
sad, frustrating but I shall plug along...glad you like the pic:)

Barb,
It is so nice to come home, even though its work, the animals just have a way of relieving stress. Thank you for your thoughts:)

Christy,
You are so right! And I love it when I am told by the parents that I am pushing the kids too hard, that they are just kids. The laziness is so disheartening:(