In my quest to Be Positive In 2010 (Take Three), I have made an honest effort to choke down that horrible feeling I get when things start to get all kinds of jacked up and despite my weeks of planning and preparation are totally out of my control because the jacked up-ness of the situation is a direct result of other people who wait until the last minute to get involved and then their involvement is totally not thought out and totally contradictory to everything we are doing. You might be able to imagine this feeling when you picture yourself on your latest Field Trip. You know, the one you've been planning for weeks and have worked out to the last second because that's just how prepared you have to be when you leave the building with twenty (or more) friends whose behavior on that day could be a total question mark? The Field Trip for which you have coordinated busses, lunches, bathroom breaks, chaperones, etc? Yeah, that field trip. And then, the morning of said Field Trip, you get a phone call or last minute email telling you that someone forgot to order the busses, or the whole thing was really canceled weeks ago and no one told you, or the chaperones fail to show up and now you are wondering how legal it is to leave the building with a 20 to 1 ratio, or some other such nonsense that is really hard to deal with when twenty friends are lined up in their coats with wide excited eyes staring at YOU, ready to blame YOU, depending on YOU.
(Deep breaths.) (In and out.) (Must refresh coffee. Excuse me.)
So, by now you should know the feelings I'm talking about, yes? Okay, isn't it amazing how quickly they all come rushing back to you? I had a friend tell me a story about a semi-botched field trip and it was like it all slapped me in the face. WHAM! I was outraged (for her, of course)! I was irritated (for her, of course)! I was incredulous (just kind of in general)!
Over the last few weeks (read: desperate attempts to post every day which I think I might try to continue into February although you didn't read that here), I have posted a few responses to articles about Attempts To Improve Our Schools. (Let's see....here, and here for example.) I know I am reducing the situation a little bit, but if involving individuals outside of the classroom + not consulting with teachers first = a jacked up FIELD TRIP (and above mentioned feelings of rage on the part of teachers everywhere), exactly how are we expecting this formula to fix our nation's schools? I'm just saying...
Natch, we need many voices. Some of which are not in the classroom, (Although if you want my honest opinion - a.k.a. me shooting my mouth off with little thought - those outside of the classroom voices should be very quiet. Hushed tones if you will.) and many voices that ARE or HAVE BEEN in the classroom.
(Cut to me dragging out my dusty soap box from the closet.)
Ahem! Anyone else care to join me up here?