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In my high school, someone became
confused when ordering desks. they
decided that no one could possibly be in
high school over the height of maybe 5'5",
and so the desks are sized accordingly.
the desk and the chair are sometimes even
attached with a bar of metal, making it
adjust for legroom. the desk
is too low, the chair is too high, to cllose,
etc. At 6'2", I've actually become stuck in
one of these.
I think that telescopic legs should be put
on chairs and desks, so the each student
can adjust them for their own
specifications. these would be regulated
by knobs, so that you don't unexpectedly
telescope down at any point in class. by
making the correct adjustments, you can
tilt forward or backward without fear of
breaking the chair (the cheap plastic chairs
at school basically shatter when you tilt
them). you could even make a telescopic
joint between the chair and the desk, but
only if you're foolish enough to think that
joining the chair with the desk is a good
idea. anyway, this would allow tall
students and short students alike to sit in
relative comfort, except that no one is
ever really comfortable at school. and
before anyone says anything about
durability, my school already buys cheap
chairs that get broken at the rate of three
or four each month, mostly because of
||A bit like an adjustable office chair?
||pretty much, except just a knob instead
of pnuematics. less expensive. and the
last time I checked they don't have it for
desks, which is too bad.
||They still put attached desk/chair combos in schools? I thought they stopped doing that long ago. Anyways, when I was in high school we had adjustable chairs and desks, like you describe, but you needed a screwdriver to adjust them. A knob would be much more convenient.
Of course, this opens up the high school prank opportunity of loosening someone's knobs ever so slightly so that when the sit back down in the chair it shrinks to minimum height.
||I always thought High School 'pranks' involving 'knobs' were resricted to public school toffs!
||I'd go into an ill-advised rant here
about Ralph Klein not bothering to fund
education enough, forcing us into
joined deskchairs, but it'd probably be
just obscure enough to piss other
people off or just rouse ambivalence.
||H&S should be accommodating you in a properly scaled desk - email me.
nah forget it - my summer break from education problems finishes in 2 days...