I'm having a rough time getting back into the school routine schedule after having been out of it for a mere 10 days. I try not to let myself get too relaxed on shorter holidays - because I know we'll be back in the fray in no time.
Yesterday wasn't bad, but it was a little slow going for me in the morning. I had even gone to bed just after 11pm, which is downright early for me. Last night, I was in bed by just before 11pm and the Evil Twin got in bed shortly thereafter. We chatted about Dexter for a few minutes, then drifted off.
I awoke at some point after midnight - I was being molested in my sleep. Nice, huh? It was fun (from what I remember) and I quickly fell back asleep. This morning, the alarm wasn't nearly so "alarming". I was still stumbling around with sleep in my eyes doing my morning chores and routine.
At some point, I remembered that I had not checked Buddy's backpack from the day before. He has an assignment book that needs to be signed and brings home papers or items I need to see, like the lunch menu or, hey, a REPORT card. Didn't know that one was coming.
In my half-sleep state, I pulled it from the envelope. Grades, all decent - except - WHAT? a C+? My eyes scanned over to the left side of the column where the classes were listed. It was in handwriting. Personally, I think handwriting is a bullshit, subjective thing to be graded on, but the Evil Twin told me I couldn't be too upset - that Buddy does have crummy handwriting. I beg to differ. It's a little shaky, but they make them excel not only in studies, but speed. Buddy doesn't like to be rushed, so he does a half assed job with his writing.
To me, handwriting, art, PE - those are all pretty subjective. Sort of like the person who flaunts their intelligence. Isn't that for others to determine?
I'm a huge fan of the film director John Waters. He has often said that he hates people who introduce themselves as artists. He says, "Really? Isn't that for others to decide?"
My point is that I feel it's pointless to put a letter grade system on subjective material. Who's to say Buddy's handwriting only merits a C+? What does A handwriting look like? I'd love to see that - because from what I've observed, the other kids in his class have incredibly illegible handwriting. Is the whole class in the shitter over it?
Have I mentioned lately that I can't wait for 5th grade?