A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Backbiters and hypocrites

So how do you handle it when people who refer to your principal as "the Precious Leader" or "Madame Chiang" somehow also have managed to grab her ear and hang out in the office giving advice to her all the time? And then return to regale all who will listen about how clueless she is and how she would be completely lost without their "help?"

From the get-go, they've been afraid of her based in sexist fears of women in power, and they actively work to undermine any policies. But when a new policy is announced, if she is adamant that it be implemented, she is an arrogant "ball-buster" who is out of touch. If she listens to objections and modifies the policy, she is a "spineless woman who can't make up her own mind."

I'll admit, I'm stumped. And I begin to wonder if I should even care.

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At 11/29/09, 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you see it, figure at least some others see it. And odds are, she probably sees it, too.

If it's not causing you harm, let it slide.

Btw, showing our age, are we? Madame Chiang indeed. And spelled correctly...


At 11/30/09, 3:46 PM, Blogger Urban School Teacher said...

Backstabbing and bitching and complaining- there has been lots of it every school I have ever worked in, none more so than my current place. I think it is borne out of stress, resentment and frustration. And more often than not the people at the top of the tree are to blame for the negatives.

Madame Chiang?

At 11/30/09, 7:24 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Hey, she lived until 2003, so no smarty-pants remarks about my age, young whelps!

And for your eddificashun: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/24/world/madame-chiang-105-chinese-leader-s-widow-dies.html

Remember, we ARE history teachers.

And I wouldn't mind this if it didn't mean that the Flying Banana Brothers are actually influencing how things are being run, which does affect me.

At 12/2/09, 9:11 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

Do whatever YOU need to do to be happy with yourself and what you are doing. Sometimes, the cave is a good place.


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