Reading Comprehension

Why is it that the people who complain the loudest about students not reading the question properly in exams are the exact same people that don’t read the instructions properly on anything they click on ever?

“Yes, that field says ‘Email address’. That means you need to fill in your email address, not just your name.”

“The reason that help box popped up when you clicked ‘OK’ is because you actually clicked the ‘Help’ button, not the ‘OK’ button.”

“Do you see this big yellow notice that says the IT department isn’t responsible for fixing the photocopiers? You see, right here in the entire top half of the screen where you filled in a request for me to fix the photocopier?”


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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

6 responses to “Reading Comprehension”

  1. Bennett Blodinger says :

    They go by the “Do as I say, not as I do” life path. That, or they have a physical/mental inability to comprehend what a message means.
    I suggest asking one of the children to draw simple shapes for them.

  2. Karen Finklestein says :

    It happens to the best of us.

  3. Joseph says :

    I love how your staff members act exactly the same as ours (even though we’re separate by an ocean).

  4. John says :

    The copiers have a plug on them Mr AT thus they are yours despite the notice you have ;) Also if they are like ours and printers that magically makes them IT’s problem :(

    • DD says :

      The copiers have a plug on them Mr AT thus they are yours despite the notice you have —— Truer words……..have NEVER been spoken. If it plugs into an electrical outlet, somehow it falls within the purview of the IT dept., for some reason. Some. Stupid! Reason.

  5. Christopher Pipe says :

    I work opposite a road junction where I regularly see cars approaching the traffic lights. Anyone who does so has passed seven signs telling them that they are not allowed to go that way but should have taken the last turning on the left. And if you glare at the drivers they are quite unaware of what they have done. I have come to the conclusion that people are so used to driving only on their regular route to work/school/shops that they have long forgotten how to read road signs and in a strange place they actually don’t read the signs at all, whether in words or symbols.
    Likewise, I think there are people whose brain filters have been set to ignore a lot of notices that would actually have helped them (and you).

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