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It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
Garrison Keillor 

The building where I teach is 98 years old.  Built of brick and cinder block, with high ceilings and long, windowless hallways, the place is a sweat box when the temperatures and humidity levels start to climb as they are wont to do here in Cincinnati. There is NO air conditioning.  Oh, there is a window unit in the principal's office, and the cafeteria is a later addition, built with AC, but the classrooms.  Nothing.  Remodeling of the classrooms over the last few years has included ceiling fans, but that's it.  

A first world problem, I know. 

School started for us, on August 20 -- and after what was a remarkably cool and rainy summer, I was hopeful that maybe, this year, we would avoid the sweltering, brain-melting weeks of late summer here in the almost-but-not-quite-south.  Wishing, really.  How does that old nursery rhyme go?  "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride..."



Outside temperatures reached into the mid-90s.  Humidity levels upwards of 50%, the air in the building was soupy at 7:15 this morning.  With the addition of about 130 young adolescents, we quickly advanced from soupy to stifling to utterly awful.  By the end of the day, every one of us was a droopy, drippy mess.  I can't think in that heat, and neither can they.  How am I supposed to convey the wonder and magic of math when the only numbers any of us can focus on are the temperature and the number of minutes until we can escape from the misery?

If I ever, EVER said that hot was, well, HOT.  I didn't mean it.  Not like this.



  1. Dont know how you do it!

    Big hugs!

  2. You have my deepest sympathies. It's better here in the truth south, we didn't have A/C when I did my student teaching - but put it in the next year and so we had it for my 25 years of teaching. And I still have 3 fan in my room to keep myself comfortable as I move around the room. I send cool thoughts your way.

  3. Sometimes hot is bad. And in a room full of adolescents. Ewwww.

    Thinking of you!


  4. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Here in Iowa they let out two hours early in extreme heat. Maybe OH will begin doing that? I'll hope for your sake they do!

  5. My kids attend FHSD in east side. The elementary school is the same! Almost every year, they have at least one day off for heat just after school starts. Dunno why they can't just put window units in every room, y'know?


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