Some people see the pie - all that is possible - as finite, so if more people get a piece of it, there is less for me.
Others think that you can expand the pie so that if you get a piece, and the pie is bigger, I still have the same (or more).
I think it must be so scarey to be one of the former. Someone is always trying to take away from your share of the pie, even if your piece is huge.
Personally, I think there is enough for all of us, that the pie expands. I mean - think back to your childhood and the number of kinds of, say, oreos. One. Now, there are original, double stuffed, etc. etc. The possibilities are endless.
Here's to a bigger pie. And helping others get a piece of it.
During 2012-2013 I taught a challenging student - and I use the word "taught" even though I mean that he was in my classroom. I am not bothering to reference all of the times I talked about Curtis and am not going back and reading what I wrote. His behavior was horrible.
I couldn't get any administrative backup so I had no power. I had to have him removed during almost every test I gave - which was the only backup the administration gave me.
I would write him up - and nothing ever happened.
I met a friend for lunch yesterday and we got to talking about Curtis. She said that she had put him out in the hall virtually every day because of his behavior. I know I saw him in the hall from other people's classes this past year.
He is old enough to drive and incapable of behaving in a way that allows you to teach other people while he is in the room. (and, no, there is no IEP and there is no reason for this deficiency except willfulness on his part)
And so this got me to thinking. I kept him in the room, tried to teach around him, wrote him up and got nothing - and was the least effective in his classroom as I have ever been because of his acting out.
Other teachers put him in the hall (and we are told not to do this) and taught the rest of the class. And were more effective with those students.
I believe that you play the hand you are dealt and try to do right by all of your students. In this case, I should have sacrificed Curtis for the rest of the class.
And I did try to involve his mother. She would not respond to phone calls or emails because I was the only one complaining. Right.
Hubby said something yesterday about finding a jury, that the media has convicted the parents on the front page and they couldn't get a jury. Actually, I do have reasonable doubt, based on two books I read probably 30 years apart.
A Rip In Heaven by Jeanine Cummins tells the story of two sisters,
Robin and Julie Kerry, and their cousin Tom Cummins, Jeanine's brother. The three cousins were on a bridge over the Mississippi when they were attacked by 4 young men, The girls died, Tom got away and was then arrested by the police who did not believe his story.
In The Dingo Baby Case Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty and served time because the police and community thought she responded in too cold a manner to the disappearance and assumed death of her baby, Azaria. It was Lindy's faith that Azaria had gone to a better place that led to an early calm acceptance.
So, do I think the police make mistakes? Yes. Do I think people as a whole jump to easy, wrong conclusions? Yes. Do I believe that outward appearances tell us everything? No. Could I go in and base my opinion on what they can prove? I hope so.