Friday, March 27, 2015

Dress Codes

Dear Isomorphic Learning Center;

So, based on what you are telling me, you have a dress-code but you don't enforce it.  But then, someone complains that my pants are wrinkled and you take me off the schedule for two weeks to "defuse the situation."

I get that appearance matters, especially with teenagers.  But you could make it a little less obvious that you really are just pandering to the wealthy parents that do business with us.  I mean, maybe what you mean when you say that you don't enforce the dress-code is that it doesn't matter how people dress unless the parents complain.

Well, that would sure explain why the other three math instructors get to have facial hair, wear t-shirts, tennis shoes, jeans, etc.  But God forbid I dress in business attire but have some wrinkles in my pants, coupled with a pissed-off self entitled wealthy mom who has never even met me,  and it's holy hell to pay.

Fuck you.

EMH out.


  1. I thought a few wrinkles proved that the fabric was "real" (i.e. not some awful wrinkle-proof synthetic), and therefore somehow more hoity-toity. Or maybe that just applies to linen suits in the summer (and/or only for women)? Or maybe I'm just out of date?

    I'm also not at all fond of the phrase "diffuse the situation," though admittedly in this case it might be more appropriate than the more-correct-to-my-ear "defuse the situation," since this sounds like a tempest in a teapot, likely to blow over/away (but not before it has cost you some money, which is too bad.)

  2. Blue jeans don't wrinkle but are not professional. Dockers with some wrinkles shoe that you are acrually doing work - at least work that could be expected of a professional academic.

  3. Ten to one it wasn't the pants. Why is the kid even looking at them? The parent was using that as cover for the fact that pweshuss spawn was being made to work. You're supposed to be a good hired hand and just do the spawn's homework, like entitlemom is used to getting for her money.

    When I read the title, I thought this post would be about the silly stuff that students wear.

  4. Um, let me get this straight. They denied you the opportunity to work, and I presume get paid for it, just because someone who's never even met you complained that your pants were wrinkled?

    Getting the job at hand of tutoring done must not be a high priority with the Learning Center, must it?

  5. No, it isn't, although if someone complained about not being tutored then the opportunity to work would be denied as well.

    I want to quit from this place so bad but there are two issues I have to confront:

    1) The loss of summer income. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, ever follows through with scheduling private tutoring with me during summer. The kids just put up way too much of a fight. Yet, somehow, the parents are able to drag them over to one of the four Isomorphic Learning Centers that hate each other and get the kids to show up for $90 per session. (While I only charge $20/hour.)

    2) What would my caseworker think if he found out I quit my job?

    1. I'm wondering if part of what motivates the parents to drag their spawn in to do some actual work is that they don't want to lose $90. Maybe it's also sort of like frat initiation: they wouldn't have invested so much if they didn't believe the outcome would be worth it (nevermind that much of the $90 goes to overhead and not to "product"). Maybe that market could tolerate more than $20/hr.

      I am out of my league re #2, so can only offer a question. Is it possible to ask him, hypothetically, whether it would be a good idea to investigate whether one of the other three ILCs could use your talents?