Ever caught yourself complaining:
This (I hope) tongue-in-cheek list, created by Australians Stuart Kearney and Eric Stern and available at <http://www.firstworldproblems.biz/>, started me wondering if a first-world-education-problem list might be needed as well. I'll start...
- My Smartboard gets constantly out of alignment.
- I only have a laptop and really need a tablet.
- My classroom computers don't have the latest OS.
- YouTube/Facebook/EBay/Grading program/computer is really slow today.
- I can't get my kids to turn off their smartphones during my lecture.
- We don't have enough electrical plug-ins in my classroom.
- My digital textbook isn't interactive.
- Only one person at a time can download the library's e-books.
- Wearing a microphone makes my neck sore.
- Another online test?
- Sometimes it takes over two hours before someone can look at my tech problem.
- I have to manually enter each student instead of importing them?
- There's no specialized app for this website.
- There are way too many tweeters to follow and blogs to read.
- It doesn't run Flash.
- This program is just too complicated to learn.
- It's a nuisance to keep the kids off Facebook when online.
- BYOD? Three of my kids don't have a device.
- It's a pain to keep my online gradebook and webpage current.
- The battery only lasts six hours.
- I have 22 kids in my class this year.
- I have two study halls in my library.
- My raise was only 2% this year.
- My health insurance doesn't cover liposuction.
OK, your turn.
I am not big on New Year's resolutions, but if I were to make one it would be simply to be more grateful in 2013. Grateful to live where I live (cold weather and all); grateful to have a job that challenges me; grateful for a healthy and loving family; grateful for having so few real problems that I can indulge in first-world problems now and then.
Happy New Year.
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