To Blend No More…
Yep. Thrown into the future.
The Pledge LA “Blended Learning” project is being closed out, to use the Suit Talk. To that end, the computers that were supposed to back it are being recalled, to be upgraded and maintained over the summer, so that they can travel with the students into Grade Eight next year. By hurling all that hardware into a future grade, it means that the whole dysfunctional problem is in fact, not my problem.
At first, I was going to draw our hero and the history co-teacher looking at a vast empty room, with an “I told you so” vibe to the strip. Really, I had it mapped out. For no reason, I advised Pledge LA’s IT Guy, before he saw anyone else, to “just make this work.” I explained, briefly, that to do otherwise was Epic Level Career Suicide.
This seemed to make an impression, and things went way better than anticipated. Mind you, there were repeated requests for an announcement, a flyer, and a BlackBoard Connect call home about the need to return the computers for routine upkeep and upgrades. Needless to say, true to its current form, pledge LA did none of these things, while expecting a building full of thirteen year olds to psychically predict their corporate needs.
Oddly enough, with modest teacher instruction, a significant portion of the students did as was expected. This beings me back to my central point: the problem in education is not, and has never been the kids. Almost always, adult issues and incompetence are what creates a system of failure for our students.
However, as the students started to return things, as expected, the “empty room” illo just wouldn’t work. Hence, a somewhat redesigned, more traditional version of our hero’s costume as she hauls broken, outdated robots into the sky, to be whipped through time into the future. I kind of like this more mainstream superhero uniform, but at the same time, i doubt we will see it again unless I color it. T-shirts and Converse shoes just seem more the protagonist of the strip’s way. As for the computers and robots…
Let them be another team’s problem. Next year.