For Christ's Sake
This is the meeting between Michelle, Jack,
and Mr. Mackey. Needless to say, the meeting does not go very smoothly.
get right to the point：
take the liberty of 〜ing：
for Christ's sake!：
＝out of intensify：
Michelle: Good evening, Mr. Mackey.
This is my husband, Jack Taylor.
Mackey: Nice to see you again,
Mrs. Taylor. It's nice to meet you, Mr. Taylor. Thanks for making
some time to meet.
Jack: Yeah, nice to meet you.
Mackey: Well, I guess I should
get right to the point. As I told you, Mrs. Taylor, I've been concerned
about Carl's studies lately. I've taken the liberty of speaking
to all of his teachers, and we feel that for History and French
maybe he might benefit from moving into the tutorial class for those
Jack: Tutorial class? What's that,
a euphemism for "stupid class"?
Mackey: No, not at all Mr. Taylor.
The tutorial class is a smaller class that is designed to help students
who are struggling in subjects to get an opportunity to work in
an environment where they can get more attention from the teacher.
Jack: My son is not struggling.
He's bored. Just 'cause he seems disinterested doesn't mean he's
an idiot. He's a teenager for Christ's sake!
Mackey: Mr. Taylor, I assure you
this is not a class for "stupid" children. We would never
use that term; and I'm certainly not suggesting that Carl is below
average. The thing is he's-
Jack: He's just not cutting it
right. So you're going to stick him in a class that'll make him
feel even worse about things and everyone's going to know that he's
not good enough for regular classes. I can't believe this. I'm outta
Michelle: Mr. Mackey, I'm terribly
sorry. Jack had a terrible time in school and he's very sensitive
about this kind of stuff.
Mackey: It's alright. This kind
of situation has happened before. It's never easy to talk to parents
about this kind of thing.
Michelle: If you think that these
tutorial classes are best for Carl then let' s go with them and
see how they work. I'll talk to Jack. Don't worry about it.
Mackey: Thank you, Mrs. Taylor.
I'm sorry about all the confusion.
Michelle: Thank you, Mr. Mackey.
To be continued...