Students whine about not having to work


That’s it. It’s official. Today is most-likely my final day of sanity.

It’s my fault, though. I shouldn’t have tried to do something nice.

Sure, my Western Plains High School journalism students finished the first issue of the brand-new school newspaper, Western Plains Cat Tracks, on Friday, but that shouldn’t be cause for any celebration, right?

No. Of course not. Why would they want to watch a movie instead of working? Silly me for even thinking such crazy thoughts . . .

Nellie Bly (via

I just can’t believe these students were whining about having to watch a movie. Sure, it is an educational movie about pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly, but since when is watching a movie worse than doing actual work?

Back in my day, I loved watching movies. I didn’t care what they were about because only one thing mattered to me: a movie meant we weren’t going to do work.

Nowadays, when an increasing numbers of the students I work with are so apathetic about life I’m surprised they actually get themselves dressed in the mornings, movies aren’t a nice reprieve from class work.

It’s insanity!

I mean, the students I teach can be a very lazy bunch, just like every group of high school students on this planet, so one would think a movie would be right up their alley because they can just sit in their chairs and stare blankly at the television screen.

But no! They decided to whine and complain the whole hour.

Why do I even try to vary things? From here on out, I’m just going to give them busy work as a reward for getting something done.

I’m ready for Friday already. Darn kids.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at