Ok, as most of you know, I work for the SF Community College District. I am in charge of managing computer labs, helping students use programs, troubleshooting and whatnot. On ocasion, I even get to teach a class, which is pretty cool. Anyway, There' an instructor I work with who, bless his heart, is in his early 60s and is terrified of computers. The administration has mandated that computers be part of the curriculum, which is why William (that's me) has a job. I manage the computer lab once a week while the instructor basially does paperwork. Well, I happenned to have to miss that day last monday because of my sunday gig in L.A. No problem, I thought, These students have been doing the same thing for weeks, and between them and another lab guy, they'll get along ok. Well, I found out today that the students basically had a free day to goof off. The other lab guy didn't know which program the class was using (mind you, he could have taken a minute to check, as there are only two) and the teacher, who wants to have as little to do with computers as possible, was no help. This does not bother me one bit. What's creasing me to no end is the students. How can it be that in a roomful of people who have been performing the same task on a weekly basis for almost six weeks, there wasn't a single one that knew what to do? I work with low income students, some of which are on welfare or taking classes by court order (there's even a class for ex cons). Some students show up stoned (I've seen people smoking pot half a block away. I do not condemn the fact that they're smoking, but that they're doing it before school). I get along fine with most students and have an excellent relationship witht he ones who are tere to learn, but the ones that goof off make me sad, especially when it's a roomful of people. I have created a datbase for the instructor so he'll have names and passwords handy. One less excuse for goofing off. I'm ok, really. I just expected better. Sorry about the length.