blocking phonographs

As I walked into my classroom with the brand-new phonograph, a man from the district stopped me.  "Yeah, um, this is blocked.  Sorry dude, but you can't have your students use the phonograph."

"Why is that?"

"Well, it could have dirty words.  After all, these are Victorian Times.  Who wants to risk a lawsuit?"

"I see your point, but students could also speak a dirty word as well.  So, I don't really see why a change in the medium is all that different."

His boss walks up to me.  "It's not about that.  It's about our limited capacity for music.  See, the school band will be using this hall way and they need it for their classroom.  It's just not that wide. We can't fit all the instruments and fit a phonograph. So, with limited band-width, we have to either block the phonograph or slow everybody down."

"Why can't we just use a different hallway or perhaps build a new one?" I ask.

"I don't know.  I'm just the IT guy.  I'm an Instrument Technician.  If you have issue with this, talk to the district."

So, I found a way to sneak the phonograph in through the back door.  I just think it's sad that we have to find back door methods of accessing tools that will be useful for learning.


  1. Your Friendly IT Representative8:49:00 PM

    Hey man, don't blame us for what happened. It's not our fault. If I was a construction worker, I could fix it. If I handled the budget, I would get you a new hallway. But I don't. I'm an IT guy. I fix instruments. When you go behind my back, you are choosing the chicken route, though. Man up and face the district with courage.

  2. I recognize that it is not your fault. My anger is not directed at you. I appreciate whatever it is that you do that enables us to use instruments.