Saturday, October 11, 2008


Last week this turned up in our staffroom. Supposedly this is the voicemail at Pacific Palisades high school in California. The funny thing is that some of the teachers discussing this actually believed that it was true. I wish!


This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School
(California) Staff voted unanimously to record on their
school telephone answering machine. This came about
because they implemented a policy requiring students
and parents to be responsible for their children's absences
and missing homework.

This is the actual answering machine message for the
school: "Hello! You have reached the automated answering
service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting
the right staff member, please listen to all your options before
making a selection:
**"To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1."
**"To make excuses for why your child did not do his work-
Press 2."
**"To complain about what we do - Press 3."
**"To swear at staff members - Press 4."
**"To ask why you didn't get information that was already
enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to
you - Press 5."
**"If you want us to raise your child - Press 6."
**"If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone -
Press 7."
**"To request another teacher for the third time this year-
Press 8."
**"To complain about bus transportation - Press 9."
**"To complain about school lunches - Press 0."

"If you realize this is the real world and your child must be
accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior,
class work, homework, and that it's not the teachers' fault
for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!"

If you can read this thank a teacher. If you are
reading it in English thank a veteran.


Ahhh - voicemail. Reach out and touch someone. ;-)

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