105 Ways to Give a Book

Small Aside, Big Break

Have you ever been in a situation at work where you are sure you know better about something than the people above you, but no matter how much you say about the issue no one will listen? Maybe you think that if only other people outside the inner workings knew about the issue, than maybe things would change, since it always seems that uproar from the public — even the uproar of one person — weighs more heavily than the professional, educated opinions of numerous staff members.

And then there is an article about the issue on the front page of a local, yet major, newspaper (that you can’t link to, because the place where you work is already wary about you having a blog in the first place), and you feel a wave of relief because finally what to do about this issue is off your conscience, knowing that if this article doesn’t change things then nothing will.

That ever happen to you?

It feels great.


MotherReader said...

Well, maybe the name of the paper rhymes with Pashington Wost.

Anonymous said...

The blogs are starting to pick up on that article in the Wost. There was just an article in GalleyCat.

I pieced two and two together after reading the paper's headlines today.

YAY for you, MR!

Elaine Magliaro said...

I was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years. Situations such as the one you describe happen to teachers all the time. I found that administrators--some who had been out of the classroom for more than twenty years--thought they knew more about educational practices and children than teachers like me who had years of experience and were still working with kids.

These administrators often tried to force teachers
--against their better judgment--to institute the newest educational trends in their classrooms. (Some of these "new" educational ideas were "old" ideas being recycled with new names--and, of course, new jargon.) And if a teacher dared to question her administrator about implementation of such programs...well, I guess you can figure the rest of that sentence out for yourself.

I finally left the classroom and spent the last three years before my retirement serving as the librarian at our elementary school. Fortunately, the administrator who was the head of that department respected her staff--and listened to our recommendations and suggestions.

As for the article in the Pashington Wost--I think I read the article to which you allude--
all I can say is: What are they thinking? Good Lord, preserve us!