Date: 8/26/2008
Type: Hill
Course: 3.5 Half training
Distance: 3.54 miles
Duration: 38:12
Pace: 10:48 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Statistics: Calories: 479
VO2 Max: 27.2

Great song, Great run.  For me.  I’m not fast, but I’m old(er), and I realized today that the full half hour of stretching yesterday, really enabled me to run better today.  It was a little tough passing the bottom of the overpass (our usual ending point), but we did another 18 minutes, and it felt great.

Gotta love “The Boss”.  As I spoke about this yesterday, I tried to get the students to tell me what that line about meant.  What is a broken hero?  Who’s last chance?  What they wrote was amazing:

  • This dude is in love with this chick, and they gotta leave.
  • They hate where they are living
  • The town rips the bones from your back.  Just like here.
  • They have no heroes.
  • This song sucks.  (my personal favorite)

Some students came up to my desk looking for lyrics for some of their songs.  One boy got his lyrics, and wanted TO DO HOMEWORK~!  He wanted to take his portfolio home and work on his lyrics essay there.  Remember, there is no homework in continuation school.  What I was told is that kids get their points by showing up.

Not any more.

Only one referral today.  When I called roll, one student yells out, “Oh, Suck-A-C*** isn’t here?”  Everyone laughed, I wrote him up.  Ten minutes later he comes back in.  Turns out he threw the referral in the trash.  I had him go get it and bring it to the principal.   Other nuggets today.  One boy wrote in his journal:  Ms. V, I think R**** is high today, just thought you should know.  Nice.

At 11:00, I got an email that I had to leave and go to jury duty.  My students, I kid you not, did not know what jury duty was.  They had never heard of it.  So, I explained that when you are a citizen, you have a duty to do what your community asks of you, including sitting in a courtroom all day waiting to be selected, and maybe deciding guilt or innocence.

Their response?  What’s a duty?

It’s going to be a long, long week.

2 thoughts on “The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

  1. holycrapballs.

    our youth? kinda frightening.

    Im feeling more and more thankful Im mainly with the 3/4th graders.

    I shall duly teach em about DUTY 🙂

  2. After reading the last few posts, I feel like I’m in the middle of the movie “Freedom Writers”. You’re one tough lady, hang in there.

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