53. Maybe You’re Not a Good Principal

Tina was going back to school for her master’s degree. She was a Special Education teacher, she couldn’t take her job anymore, so she quit. The kids were out of control. There too many of them in one classroom for to manage effectively. The school administration ignored her to add teacher assistants. They ignored her complaints some of the kids were simply little monsters. were discipline problems that other teachers had shunted to Special Education.

The administration didn’t even respond her complaint that one oversized young student had her down one day onto the floor. Tina to call the police, but the school principal her out of it with promises to improve . Two weeks later, not one promise had been .

Tina angrily visited the principal, who told her if she didn’t have the patience to wait things to improve, maybe she wasn’t cut out be a teacher.

“How dare you! The issue not whether I’m cut out to be a ,” she angrily replied. “I am a teacher, and damn good one. But no teacher can get forever with inadequate supplies, with overcrowded classrooms, with who are dumped into her class, and with who attack her. And especially,” she growled, “with like you in charge who continually ignore the of Special Education students and teachers.”