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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.”