Mike Putz

Mike Putz

A friend of mine sent me a text the other day. It said, “The Love Boat is on. I am one of those teachers who needs year-round school.” Later on, I received another text with a screen shot of her television showing a scene from the show with actor Ted McGinley. She included the caption “Talk about a dream boat.”

It was then that I began to think that my friend does need to be in a year-round school. At the very least, she needs a group of friends to perform an intervention on her behalf concerning her summertime television viewing habits.

Then I began to think about some of the shows I have seen during the day since school has been out. Unlike my friend, I have not watched reruns of “The Love Boat.” My daytime television viewing has been for my personal growth.

I want to become a more educated, self -sufficient human being. I’ve seen several cooking shows on either Food Network or RecipeTV. I feel confident that if I am ever in Oklahoma, I will be able to find a diner, drive-in or dive that serves food that is out of bounds or off the hook. And should my palette require a more sophisticated taste, I can make chicken morsels with the best of them.

As near as I can figure out, chicken morsels are really deep fried chicken nuggets, except for the fact that they are made by a chef at a four-star hotel on the West Coast. So they are called morsels and served with long, elegant toothpicks instead of a packet of dipping sauce and eaten with one’s hands, as are often the case with nuggets. 

But it’s not just my food knowledge that has grown since school has been out. I have been learning about law, too. Watching “Judge Judy” has taught me that one is sure to lose a judgment in a court of law if he or she were to buy a car from an ex-girlfriend and pay for it with a four-party post-dated check. That’s good stuff to know in the real world for when I’m not in the safety of my junior high classroom. 

I’ve learned about relationships and science, too. The “Maury Show” seems to help a number of couples that seem to have forgotten how many children they have and with whom. I’ve learned that the science of DNA has helped answer paternity questions. And that darn Maury is there to help heal the fractured relationships. Why has this man not won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in this area?

Finally, there is “Jeopardy!” As a teacher I think it’s almost a requirement that I keep my brain working by watching this show. But I may be watching it a bit too much. I’m starting to answer everything with a question. 

I’m beginning to think I may need to teach in a year-round school, too.