Baa Ram U. has the eccentric (to me, anyway) tradition of cancelling classes all of Thanksgiving week. I like having a fall break, but I’d prefer one that happened before there’s only two weeks left in the semester. (But of course, a proper October Fall Break as observed in Eastern colleges wouldn’t coincide with the opening of ski season, which I think is the actual holiday we’re meant to keep here in Colorado.) So having taught my last class, I’m in a pensive mood this afternoon, and these questions weigh on me:
- In what other profession does “break” or “vacation” really mean “opportunity to do all the other work that’s part of your job,” teaching excepted? To be fair, staff have to work Monday through Wednesday, so most grown-ups around here are still on the clock, but we still have Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks ahead of us, don’t we?
- In what other line of work does a “promotion” mean that you are permitted to do the same job you’ve done for six years (or more? Doesn’t “promotion” usually imply new challenges and exciting new opportunities?)
Are there any other deep thoughts you want to share?