Found a diary entry from my time at Crappy ISD that I thought everyone would find humorous, especially if they've been drinking heavily for the last couple of hours and their expectations are extremely low...
I went to training at the district offices for a spanking, brand-new software program that will solve all of our low achievers' problems. If we (meaning me and the other hapless teachers who are forced into this) just deploy this system correctly, our students’ scores will go up, their work ethic will improve, and they’ll change into entirely new people. If we do it incorrectly, we’ll hurt their reading comprehension, scramble their brain cells and have them leave the school as broken, nonfunctioning members of society.
No pressure, obviously.
I love the idea that new software is the answer we’ve all been looking for. “It’s so seamless, even an idiot can use it, an idiot like you!” is the implied message when any new system is introduced. It’s nice that our school system has no faith in us. I can’t tell if they think we’re just lazy and stupid, or if it’s a reflection on the people at the top, who are lazy and stupid and want something that does their job for them.
By the way, this training came a day before I had to give my semester finals - in my yearbook class. Yes, yearbook, where every final is a project that takes hours to grade, pore over and improve before submitting it to the yearbook company. I went to my assistant principal and begged to get out of it, reminding him of the testing and all I had to do around the school, duty-wise. He answered that the district was requiring this training. He seemed to forget that that’s why I contacted HIM, to ask him to use COMMON SENSE and realize that pulling a teacher at a time she needs to be doing end of semester work that is REQUIRED is a BAD IDEA.
Once again, my expectations were way off.
Did I mention that they decided to use one of my sick days for this training without telling me?
Looking at this entry, I still can't figure out why they were surprised when I turned in my resignation.