Category: Publius

Pearl’s Harbor

By | Prose, Publius

The high stakes state test, known as the End Of Course Test, was given a month before the end of the courses. Now students pretty much figure that school is over. Teachers, who bore the burden of testing, and all the threats and humiliation that went with it, also figure that school is over. So, …

State Test

By | Prose, Publius

the kids just flunked the state education test a small flood runs down a gutter to Walnut Street the kids make boats from worksheets _____

Rubik’s Final

By | Prose, Publius

My kids are all playing with Rubik’s Cubes, practicing for their final exam. To make the school look good — since we probably won’t pass the state test — the school has decided to set the new world’s record for the most number of folks solving, within five minutes, Rubik’s Cube. So all the kids …

Once Again Publius Finds Himself the Recording Secretary for Insanity

By | Humor, Prose, Publius

Brittany has been sent to the re-education camps. That’s what we’re calling professional development these days. It seems that some people have objected to the way the state is running the schools, the state test, dozens of standardized tests, class sizes, one free period every other day. And on and on. These folks, in the …

The Meeting

By | Humor, Prose, Publius

I couldn’t come up with any actual reason why I shouldn’t go to the faculty meeting. I’m healthy, of sound mind, and have no pressing engagements. The only serious agenda, at least at my table, was why Mr. Gates has a bra hanging in a tree just outside his classroom’s window. It’s just out of …

The Vice-Principal

By | Prose, Publius

My department chair calls me. “The vice-principal will lead the 7:30 meeting.” Bad news. The vice-principal is a narcissist given to dazzlingly incomprehensible rambles. Much of what went on during the first hour was lost on me. I did catch her reminiscences of New Orleans, as well as her vacation in Vermont. That’s the part …

On Rejection

By | Humor, Prose, Publius

I’ve got a bit of free time between classes, such as it is … Speaking of Publius, I think he’s a devout follower of Thomas Merton, who once said, “In this era, it is no longer necessary to parody. it’s sufficient to simply quote.” University of California Press just sent me a Class A Rejection. …

Letter to a Teacher

By | Prose, Publius

Metropolitan High School