Well, the study I was supposed to be in didn't pan out. Kind of a bummer cause I was looking forward to having all that money. It's still all good though. I'm moving tomorrow to a real house. The Copycat building should've been fun to live in, but there was too much drama and not enough parties. There was only one in our place, just when I was moving in. Some MICA kid who apparently wasn't even drunk took it upon himself to light a box of clothes on fire in the basement and our landlord got mad at us. So there was a ban on parties. Not that it would've been that great anyway - there were actually high school girls at the party we did have, which is totally not cool. That was the thing, the copycat would've been my spot if I knew about it when I was in high school. Now when I meet 24 year old guys with hair hanging in their faces who drink every day and pour coffee for a living I wanna be like "dude, that sucks." Maybe I'm getting snobby or something.
The No Child Left Behind Act pisses me off so much. I work at a Special Ed school in a class where most of our kids don't even have functional speech. Instead of teaching them skills they're going to need to communicate and take care of themselves and manage they're emtions, we have to waste time every day trying to teach them grade level material that mystifies them and that they don't need anyway. The life cycle of a butterfly, what the fuck? Plus it amounts to a whole new mountain of paperwork for our teachers. Despite the republicans claiming to be the party of small government what they've done is just created a whole new level of beurocracy. In regular schools where the kids don't perform well, probably like most of the schools in Baltimore, apparently a lot of kids now are only taking math, reading and gym. What does that say? That having a high school diploma won't help you get a decent job anyway but to get it you have to just crunch numbers all day, and that's what education is. It's a sad fucking day. I just hope that the passage of this law isn't a watershed moment in the history of education in America and that this law ends up being repealed before all the drama and music teachers get jobs at Starbucks and move to the copycat building.