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I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Drowzee64 - 09-22-2010 03:39 AM

Seriously. If I'm not going to do the work, I'm not going to do it. Therefore, why should I even be IN school if I'm not doing anything?

I know, I know - There's a whole bunch of reasons related to brainwashing for future employers and stuff like that. But really.

I left class for 15 minutes, came back during the same period, and stayed for the rest of the school day. My mother decided to punish me with the same fierceness as when I skip school entirely. I barely dodged the same school punishment (ISS *shudder*) that I would have gotten had I skipped the entire day, too.

Note to self: Next time, just skip the entire goddamn school day.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - HeartofShadows - 09-22-2010 03:53 AM

Back in the day it wasn't a big deal.

But now the school gets money based on the head of every kids attendance and literally they are money hungry so that's why they go ape shit over all your attendance.

Back in the day you could skip class entirely and come in for the final exam and whatever grade you made on it was your grade for the class but administration got butthurt because they made money off your heads so that's why they brought up this all this bullshit over whether you show up or not.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - genuine anarchist - 09-22-2010 12:54 PM

HeartofShadows Wrote:Back in the day it wasn't a big deal.

But now the school gets money based on the head of every kids attendance and literally they are money hungry so that's why they go ape shit over all your attendance.

Back in the day you could skip class entirely and come in for the final exam and whatever grade you made on it was your grade for the class but administration got butthurt because they made money off your heads so that's why they brought up this all this bullshit over whether you show up or not.

How do they make money off of attendance? Just curious, I have a friend who graduated school in the 90s, and she played hooky almost all the time, yet she told me they didn't care. At all. Now, I can't miss more than 9 days a semester, even if the absences are excused. Hell, I already used up one of my "absences" this quarter because I missed 3 classes in the afternoon. That's it. Albeit, it was just to hang out with some friends, but I made up the work, and it was pointless of me to be there if I wasn't going to do anything.

OP, I completely agree with you. School is a fucking waste of time, especially when you've got your homework done for the next 3 weeks, and you've finished your book, and you're not allowed to talk to your friends. What am I supposed to do for the next hour, then? If I were at home, I could pick up another book, work on my website, or do something productive.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - HeartofShadows - 09-22-2010 01:02 PM

genuine anarchist Wrote:
HeartofShadows Wrote:Back in the day it wasn't a big deal.

But now the school gets money based on the head of every kids attendance and literally they are money hungry so that's why they go ape shit over all your attendance.

Back in the day you could skip class entirely and come in for the final exam and whatever grade you made on it was your grade for the class but administration got butthurt because they made money off your heads so that's why they brought up this all this bullshit over whether you show up or not.

How do they make money off of attendance? Just curious, I have a friend who graduated school in the 90s, and she played hooky almost all the time, yet she told me they didn't care. At all. Now, I can't miss more than 9 days a semester, even if the absences are excused. Hell, I already used up one of my "absences" this quarter because I missed 3 classes in the afternoon. That's it. Albeit, it was just to hang out with some friends, but I made up the work, and it was pointless of me to be there if I wasn't going to do anything.

OP, I completely agree with you. School is a fucking waste of time, especially when you've got your homework done for the next 3 weeks, and you've finished your book, and you're not allowed to talk to your friends. What am I supposed to do for the next hour, then? If I were at home, I could pick up another book, work on my website, or do something productive.

Yep back in the good old days but then I guess the district got creative like cut spending on schools with bad standardized test scores and bad attendance and that's where your problem comes from.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Prince Rilian - 09-22-2010 01:31 PM

Drowzee64 Wrote:I left class for 15 minutes, came back during the same period, and stayed for the rest of the school day. My mother decided to punish me with the same fierceness as when I skip school entirely.
How did she even know?


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - CrayolaColours - 09-22-2010 01:37 PM

Unless we have a doctors note, we can only miss three days every six weeks. I missed all three, counting today. So now I can't miss any more for two weeks. Or I'll have to make up seat time in every class that gives a shit (all of them, mostly). Which is about an hour of some program, mostly. Some just have you write a paper.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Pieman - 09-22-2010 01:59 PM

The school board is full of idiots. For the past few years, they've been deciding ridiculous things that they believe are supposed to "improve" schools.

1- Attendance.

There was already bad attendance at schools, so the Board decides to make severe punishments for students who don't come to school while earning more money for teachers for the students who do at the same time. Sure this would be partially good if the teachers actually spent the money wisely..

2- Money from test scores.

Around November last year, the school board decided because the test scores in various states were low, and the teachers were already hurting from two budget cuts, they said " Okay, we're going to make your salaries decided on what the students score on tests! " And well..I don't really have to say anymore.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - monkey - 09-22-2010 02:15 PM

Skipping is pretty possible for me to do. The auto dialing system is really lame and they have already screwed up so if my mom does answer it I will be like, Lol they screwed up again. But unless I can craft an excuse I would have to have detention the next day which would suck. Although I could serve it out without my mom finding out.

So, Eh If I really need to skip for a day I can but unless I have a really awesome reason or come up with a procedure to dodge it. It's not worth it.

Im just going to go with the old. "Ugh I don't feel good agh Im sick"


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - genuine anarchist - 09-23-2010 01:48 PM

Pieman Wrote:The school board is full of idiots. For the past few years, they've been deciding ridiculous things that they believe are supposed to "improve" schools.

1- Attendance.

There was already bad attendance at schools, so the Board decides to make severe punishments for students who don't come to school while earning more money for teachers for the students who do at the same time. Sure this would be partially good if the teachers actually spent the money wisely..

2- Money from test scores.

Around November last year, the school board decided because the test scores in various states were low, and the teachers were already hurting from two budget cuts, they said " Okay, we're going to make your salaries decided on what the students score on tests! " And well..I don't really have to say anymore.

There's actually some schools that pay students to attend. Seriously. Or was it for making good grades?


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Jesusaurisrex - 09-23-2010 03:22 PM

our nazi attendance policy -

3 unexcused absences in a semester = call home
6 unexcused absences in a semester = F for the semester
3 tardies = 1 absence (note, a tardy is given for being 1 second late to class)
If you are more than 15 minutes late = absence

School Doors automatically lock the second school starts, so if you are one second late for school you cant get into the building unless you go through the office complex. if you go through there you have to wait in line while they log you into the database as late. this will generally takes about 15 minutes, so when we get to class you get an added absence just for being 1 second late to school. oh, and they dont care if you got in a car accident or there was traffic or really any reason as to why you where late.

also the school is pushing to make parking at the school only available to students with eligibility. if that is not a clear and deliberate attempt at the school trying to weed out "unsuccessful students" I dont know what is.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - username01462781 - 09-23-2010 05:28 PM

I stayed home 28 days last semester. I'm failing everything, but I'm trying to move schools so oh well.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Pieman - 09-24-2010 04:45 AM

If we miss four days of school in a semester, we're not allowed to exempt any of our exams. They're also marked as detentions [which nobody tells us about until it's too late. No papers, no warnings or anything] and puts us in danger of Academic Probation, which basically means we get expelled if it keeps happening.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - CrayolaColours - 09-24-2010 06:27 AM

Pieman Wrote:If we miss four days of school in a semester, we're not allowed to exempt any of our exams. They're also marked as detentions [which nobody tells us about until it's too late. No papers, no warnings or anything] and puts us in danger of Academic Probation, which basically means we get expelled if it keeps happening.
How long is a semester? (We use a trimester system)


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Pieman - 09-24-2010 01:12 PM

CrayolaColours Wrote:
Pieman Wrote:If we miss four days of school in a semester, we're not allowed to exempt any of our exams. They're also marked as detentions [which nobody tells us about until it's too late. No papers, no warnings or anything] and puts us in danger of Academic Probation, which basically means we get expelled if it keeps happening.
How long is a semester? (We use a trimester system)

36 weeks. Grading periods spit up into sets of 6.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - CrayolaColours - 09-24-2010 01:16 PM

A SEMESTER is 36 weeks?

I'm confused as fuck now.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Prince Rilian - 09-25-2010 09:27 AM

Yeah, where I come from, a semester is 18 weeks.

And speaking of the six-weeks thing, right before I moved away my first elementary school switched to a nine-weeks grading period. What the hell was the point of that?


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Aviator - 09-29-2010 12:43 PM

Haha - the phone call home for missing a class is stupid. They screw up my attendance at least once a week, and call my mother saying that I've missed some period or another. She gets kinda mad, but, it's not like I ditch. I am in class, and I don't give her a reason to think otherwise.

So, that's good if I ever DO decide to ditch.

But otherwise it's not worth it. But, one day, I did go down to the office, on my mothers request, to find out why they called my house so often. Nobody had any records of it at all, which I found to be interesting. Rolleyes They're all stupid. Moronic schools.


Re: I wish attendance wasn't such serious business. - Oukami_Ryuu - 09-30-2010 01:49 AM

At my school they just call home and you get dentention which makes you inelgiable... I don't know what that exactly does. However now there are even more police officiers so if they catch you ge like a $600 ticket and show up to court and possible serve community service hours. I'm using a school computer.