Budget reduction day SOLSC 10

10 Mar

There’s no school today. We call it a budget reduction day. Last year we called them furlough days, but changed the wording so parents understood why their kids were home. It’s one of those blessing/ curse scenarios. I am thrilled to have a long weekend, but it makes me sad to think of the reason why and the implications for education.  Friday was also the last day for one of our 4th graders who is moving. Twice he told me it was bittersweet. and now I’m thinking of words and phrases that embody the idea of good and bad,ambiguity,  or just bad and worse.

Double-edged sword

Six of one, half-dozen of the other

Of two minds

Cuts both ways

Double-barrelled

Kill two birds with one stone

Two sides of the same coin

The lesser of two evils

The devil you know vs. the devil you don’t

One step forward, two steps back

Between a rock and a hard place

A blessing and a curse

A love hate relationship

Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail

For my part, I’m embracing the day and doing the thing I enjoy doing. The kettle is on for tea, I have a knitting project to work on, and I’m about to watch the last disc of  Downton Abbey, Season 4.

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4 Responses to “Budget reduction day SOLSC 10”

  1. Julie Crain March 10, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Loved this post. Seeing the good and the bad in your situation today. What a great list – I can see it on a poster.

  2. adriennewiley March 10, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    In my family, we say, “Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the glass.” I suppose we wouldn’t have so many sayings if this tension weren’t so common in our lives! Don’t you love language??

  3. jhaworthoy March 10, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Oh, it is sad to have a budget reduction day. Why does education funding seem to be cut! But I can’t allow myself to get on another rant about it. I liked your bittersweet list. I know that when I moved in the 8th grade…I made myself look at it as an adventure instead of moving from all my friends…and oh how right I was. I hope your student finds the gifts of change that I did.

  4. lromainebrown March 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Well, wasn’t it a Monte Python sketch in which the character’s response to every disaster was, “Let’s have a nice pot of tea.” The more drastic the situation, the more even the response, “Let’s all have a nice pot of tea.”
    Sometimes it really helps.
    The train wreck our ed budgets are in is not our making.

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