Higher Thoughts: Just Stop

worryingI woke up this morning feeling restless. And if I am honest it didn’t just start this morning. In fact, the past couple weeks I have been simmering in a low level of anxiety as I bob from one life drama to another. At the start of the year it was school/work issues. Those kinda got handled and then it was friendship-relationship issues. Then those sorta got dealt with and then came author issues. And these definitely have not been dealt with. In fact, as I sit her typing this I am trying to ignore the unease that comes from knowing that I am less than 6 months from the deadline for my fourth novel and I haven’t even written a chapter yet. I certainly hope my editor doesn’t read this. Continue reading

Deadlines face extinction in Halton

So apparently students in the Halton School district are no longer subject to pesky things like deadlines.

This is what I learned a couple days ago through Lorraine Sommerfeld’s column in the Toronto Star. Her piece, suitably titled “Memo to schools: Even Blockbuster has due date”, highlighted a new policy enacted by the Halton School Board where teachers can no longer penalize students for ignoring due dates.

I am still recovering from learning that teachers can no longer flunk students or keep them back despite poor performance. Now I have to deal with the extinction of due dates? How exactly are students being taught about time management and diligence if they are allowed to do things whenever and however they feel like and get away with it?

At a personal level, I am glad that I was always subject to the ‘pressure’ of a due date. In fact, I remember my poor nine- year-old self having to stay up until the wee hours of 10p.m. to work on a diagram of the solar system so I would have it for school the next morning. Where would I be without due dates? Thanks to them, I am now a pro at pulling the all-nighters necessary for handing in forgotten assignments on time. They’ve protected me from a world of deducted marks. Without them I would certainly be a C student.

I just hope that none of those Halton students have aspirations of becoming journalists or working with the media, for due dates, also known as deadlines, are very much alive and well in this field. In fact they will be hard pressed to find a career where deadlines are not important.

Halton Students are in for a rude awakening.