What's the Deal?
A few days before
the meeting with Mr. Mackey, one of Jack's friends, a co-worker
named Dave, notices that Jack is not his usual self and decides
to ask him about it.
What's the Deal：
do about ：
take into account：
get insight into ：
to some extent：
Dave: Hey, Jackie, what's shaking?
Jack: Nothing much.
Dave: You've been kinda distracted
lately. What's the deal? You and the wife having some trouble.
Jack: Nah, it's nothing like that.
I've got this meeting with my kid's guidance counselor this week
to talk about his "academic future" or something like
Jack: Yeah. His grades are dropping
a little and he apparently seems distracted in class.
Dave: Well, what they are suggesting
might be done about it?
Jack: I don't know yet. But these
schools never seem to take into account that kids are kids, and
sometimes just aren't interested in this or that. Everything's all
business. I just wish they would deal with kids on a more personal
level. You know, help them develop their interests or something.
Dave: I guess they figure that's
the parents' job…I don't know. I agree with you, buddy. My kids
find their schoolwork really difficult and the teachers aren't giving
them the attention they need. What's worse is that schools are turning
into trade schools. "Preparing kids for today's working world."
Jack: Well that's not going to
happen to Carl. I'm not having him railroaded into some dumb job,
just 'cause some teachers can't do their jobs properly.
To be continued...