A high-school economics teacher named Steve Fortna writes from Colorado with a clever solution:
The Spirit Week (formerly known as Homecoming) Dance is upon us. This Friday I will be pressed into service to monitor the dress and dance of around 150 kids while a DJ, who does not care about the moral development of young adults in their formative years, plays whatever music they want to hear. Loudly. I really do not want to be there. I am not alone in that sentiment.
My school has tried various methods of determining which teachers should be on chaperone duty at each dance over the years without much success. Either we all go (way too many people but at least we’re all in the same boat), or only a select few (more efficient use of faculty, but it’s not fair). While most teachers don’t particularly enjoy monitoring dances, there are different levels of unease. What’s an equitable way to determine who’s on duty?