Despite widespread reports of problems at polling places in Maryland, I experienced no issues whatsoever at mine. In fact, I was the only person in the entire room outside of the poll workers, so I got in and out of there really fast.
Really what I want to talk about is that it's pathetic that Highland View still has portable classrooms sitting in its front playground. I can understand that schools sometimes need to add classroom space quickly and cheaply, but for God's sake, they were using them when I went to Highland View... twenty years ago! When I started there, we used to play 4-square in that playground then they brought in the portables after a couple years, relegating play to the "upper" playground.
In all that time that has passed, they couldn't just build a permanent extension to the building? It is sad that in one of the richest counties in the one of the richest countries in the world, the kids have to go to class in a double wide.
Also, if anyone refers to them as "learning cottages" in front of me with a straight face I am going to laugh at and/or slap them. Let's call a spade a spade, OK?
Here's a quick lesson for confused students and school administrators:
This is a cottage:
This, not so much:
For years, I have loved this page on the MCPS website. (Note the use of the term "learning cottage".)
The fifth graders anxiously awaited the arrival and setup of their new classrooms - called learning cottages. They arrived as trailers on September 21, 2001 and were ready as learning cottages on October 18. The photographs below show the construction, moving in, and how we looked on that first day in our new rooms.OK, granted I was in fifth grade a long time ago, but I am certain I would not have looked favorably upon my playground being covered with trailers disguised as classrooms. Wait, I was in fifth grade (OK, maybe it was fourth) when they did that, and it sucked!