Vacation Means Driving Around and Looking at Schools.

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I can’t be the only one who does this.I Shouldn't Be Blogging While on Vacation. I'm An Idiot.

Who in their right mind doesn’t like driving by the local schools when they are on vacation?

My wife thinks I’m weird (not for this… other stuff).

Here’s how it works.

After surviving a long school year, you take a vacation vowing never to return to the world of education you left behind.

As soon as you arrive at your destination, you begin to wonder where the school is located.

You look it up on your laptop and then you drive by to see it.

It’s simple.

And interesting.

And it’s not weird.

Okay, maybe it’s a little weird.

But it’s not like I went in.  Doors were locked (Palm Desert High School… Go Aztecs!).

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10 Responses to “Vacation Means Driving Around and Looking at Schools.”


  1. Mary Alise Herrera
    on Jul 5th, 2012
    @ 5:12 pm

    Not weird! In my family we also find the police station or “Safety Complex!”

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Mary Alise Herrera, In my family, we try to stay AWAY from the “Safety Complex”.


  2. Elizabeth
    on Jul 5th, 2012
    @ 5:27 pm

    This is so true and so funny. I did this in a tiny town where I was an Au Pair in Sicily Italy. I had to peek through the gates. I was secretly wishing someone would stroll by, speaking english, and ask me to come in!


  3. Karen Marcus
    on Jul 5th, 2012
    @ 5:38 pm

    Not weird at all. Sort like when I was a kid and would go across the street to my aunt’s house where I would dust and vacuum and do chores for “the fun of it.”. But wouldn’t do it at home. I always wonder about the schools when I go somewhere. One time I was looking at a school when a man came out and spoke to me. I asked if he was the principal. It was the custodian and he was so thrilled to be mistaken for the principal he gave me a grand tour including the walk in refrigerator in the kitchen.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Karen Marcus, That’s a good custodian.


  4. Douglas W. Green, EdD
    on Jul 7th, 2012
    @ 6:14 am

    I always visit schools when I travel. I can always learn something and share some good advice. My favorites are schools in other countries where they always do some things very differently. You can use your Twitter people to set up visits. I’m sure they would be happy to see you.


  5. Barbara Wilkins
    on Jul 7th, 2012
    @ 7:32 am

    You are not weird! I figured this out years ago when I realized that wherever we went on vacation, my husband would visit the police station to see how they operated, and I would visit librariies to see how they looked like. He was a police officer and I am a media specialist. The kids came along for the ride.


  6. Pat
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 5:27 am

    You are definitely not weird just part of a weirder group! LOL Whenever my hubby and I would go on cruises, I would have to find a school in the country we were in. I loved seeing how their systems were the same or different to ours. Many times teachers would be thrilled to meet me and talk to me. In fact, I thought they were more welcoming to me than I believe our schools in the US would be to them.


  7. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 7:36 am

    So I’m not the only one! Whew! By the way, schools in other countries are interesting as well!


  8. Diane
    on Jul 14th, 2012
    @ 12:50 pm

    If you are ever in Ma., email me! I would love for you to do a driveby and I would be happy to meet you, give you a tour of my little school, and take you to lunch!

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