Category Archives: School Culture

Things that, in hindsight, didn’t make sense and were likely of dubious value to begin with.

Your Contract Is Invalid

I object to the use of the word “contract” in the context of kids and schools. Specifically, there are two instances in which “contract” is being misused at the expense of the child: Behavioral contracts, and homework contracts. When used … Continue reading

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The More Things Change

So I went flipping through the teacher pages at the West Heritage official site and I find out that they did away with Kindergarten Graduation. Let me guess. Budget cuts? No, it’s been replaced with “Fun in the Sun” day… … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Part 2: Silence is Golden

Oh, hello. For some reason I wandered away from this lovable trainwreck. Let’s do something about that. Today we visit the impossible feat that is the imposition of Silent Lunch. I am unhappy to report that West Heritage was not … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Part 1: The Golden Lunchpail

Today’s post/memory dump is brought to you by a Jezebel.com article about a school that could possibly top old West Heritage in the WTF department as far as lunchtime practices go. Per the original article, the school punishes students for … Continue reading

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THE BUS: Lolfarts and Knights

When I was at West Heritage, there was a bus, but I didn’t get to ride it because it was for the kids who lived too far from the school (and as of 5th grade and beyond, not far enough … Continue reading

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Introverts Not Welcome

This was the message that West Heritage ultimately carved into my very soul at the end of my stay. Between having misanthropic parents (well, it was mostly my mother) and being the nerdy, boring fat girl who played video games, … Continue reading

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Boo of the Week

It goes by many names. Star of the Week. Student of the Week. Whatever. (Star was reserved for Kindergarten, the rest used Student, and in fifth grade a third tier, “Student of the Month,” was added.) I have a special, … Continue reading

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Holey Cards? More like Fail Cards

Ah, Holey Cards, the biggest pile of rubbish in math class as far as I was concerned. Used as busywork at best, or punishment at worst (the latter by short-tempered substitutes that should know better), they eventually settled into their … Continue reading

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Shouty McShouterPants

One thing my school (and I’m sure many others) had a huge hangup on was talking. Teachers at West Heritage were OBSESSED with getting us all to, for lack of a better term, STFU. This remains, of course, the eternal … Continue reading

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