Schoolteacher Woes : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Wife is a schoolteacher. Came home late last night complaining about her computer. They have an automated grading systems in this county. She was trying to set it up for this year. It's ok thru Dec 31 1999, then gives all sorts of crazy dates with years like 20016 (right, five digits).

She wants to know why it does this. (After listening to me talk about working on Y2K for 7 years and preparing for it for 2 years.) I told her she just got bit by the bug. She hadn't really internalized that it could affect her directly.

-- ng (, September 24, 1999


Amazing, but typical. People seem to lack imagination. Unless something happens to them DIRECTLY, it's just as unreal as any purple dinosaur on TV. "I never thought it would happen to me" -- no, of course not, things only ever happen to other people.

And this person is a teacher...? (grimmace)

-- well (there@you.haveit), September 24, 1999.

Of course this person is a school teacher. That's why our students can't read when they graduate. Can't believe she could be so dumb.

-- (, September 24, 1999.

Just think... Next year a whole generation will have to learn how to write 199A as the year... ;-D Gotta love that hexidecimal...

That OddSter is at it again...

-- OddOne (, September 24, 1999.

She's an excellent teacher (been state teacher of the year, parents compete to get their kids in her class, significantly outperforms her peerss in kids performance improvement on standard tests every year). She loves middle school kids (not an easy thing to do.)

She has never had to learn about technology, because she has her pet geek at home (me). FWIW I tried teaching College Computer Science once and hated it.

I think there are a lot of people out there who are going to be very surprised when the bug bites them directly. Expect anger and fear.

-- ng (, September 24, 1999.

NG, pay no attention to "sick of." For some reason this person feels compelled to post ugly things on lots of threads. They post from an ISP in Fairfax, Virginia. Obviously a hateful, bored person. Just ignore them in the future.

-- Gayla (, September 24, 1999.


Thanks for sharing.

Having once been a High School teacher, then later self-teaching on the personal puter technology and eventually training others (among many other hats) I can catagorically say... either someone has a gift or affinity to learn... technology... or even to teach a class... or they dont. The two dont always intersect.

The smart teachers know their strengths and their weaknesses. Same goes for businesspeople.

Gonna be lots of plain folks who get caught by Y2K and FOF problems.


-- Diane J. Squire (, September 24, 1999.


Haven't met anybody yet that knows it all.

Ignorance can be remedied with education.

Assholism,sadly,is incurable.

-- Sam (, September 24, 1999.

"Ignorance can be remedied with education."

Lack of imagination, however, is the real problem here.

Lots of "smart" people, high-IQ types, have trouble understanding inter-connectedness until it bites them on the nose. I work with college profesors & a lot of them are clueless. History teachers, by the way, don't seem to care about anything unless it happened at least 200 years ago.

There are problems even education & grey matter can't solve.

-- sorry folks (more@doomand.gloom), September 24, 1999.

Too bad this time around, this lesson could involve a life or death situation. Hard lesson to learn.

-- Larry (, September 24, 1999.

Sorry folks,

Yo. I'm a history prof. Some of us GI, y'know.

-- PH (, September 24, 1999.

Oh Gee Gayla,

Now you're posting ISP locations. You should join the FBI, or better yet, get yourself an ISP scrambler. hahahahaha

-- (, September 24, 1999.

I'm laughing, "sick of!" Better watch out, you're becoming humorous! :-D

-- Gayla (, September 24, 1999.

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