Monday, August 24, 2009

Australia’s Best School Answering Machine Message

Aussie Humour
Here is an automated voice recording that you may enjoy and pass on to others.

It is the message from the Maroochydore High School in Queensland Australia.
The staff voted unanimously to record this on their school telephone answering machine.

This is the actual answering machine message for the school.

It came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children’s absences and missing homework. The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children’s failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes.

Making Excuses/Taking Responsibility
It sounds like a joke but it is a stinging counter to the unwillingness of many to take personal responsibility and the tendency to blame others.

This is a great story for us and others when we are prone to making excuses.

Tune In
Listen to the voice recording at this link.

If you cannot hear it or you want the text, here it is:

Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2

To complain about what we do - Press 3

To swear at staff members - Press 4

To ask why you didn’t get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5

If you want us to raise your child - Press 6

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7

To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8

To complain about bus transportation - Press 9

To complain about school lunches - Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it’s not the teachers’ fault for your child’s lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!

If you want this in another language, move to a country that speaks it.

Message on School Answering Machine in Australia, Devin’s Posterous, 9 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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