12 March 2008

Getting What Is Deserved

My morning school is on the hunt for a new principal---and the staff attitude is rather disheartening. They were asked to develop a list of qualities the new admin should have. Instead of considering a vision of the future and what the school could become, the answers were entrenched in the past and present. The number one thing they want is someone who won't change anything about the school. The number two thing is a principal who stays in his/her office and doesn't venture into classrooms. I could list a few others, but they all have the same bent. Hey, they all run perfect and engaging classrooms where all students learn, right? Who needs instructional leadership?

Not a single one of their ideas has anything to do with kids.

I wish that the school district would recognize this and hire based on what's best for all students at the school. At some point, you'd think someone would put the smackdown on the narcissistic scree emitted from the place. For once, shouldn't the kids get what they deserve?


Clix said...


Such an interesting new word! Thank you!

Hm. How would you adjectivalize that? "Screeish," I suppose...

My days have been screeish lately.

The Science Goddess said...

I wish I could say I'd invented it, but I picked it up somewhere and haven't gone to the doc to see about some penicillin for it. :)

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Main Entry:scree (MW Collegiate)


Etymology:Scots & northern English dialect, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skritha landslide, from skr*tha to creep; akin to Old High German scr*tan to go, Lithuanian skriesti to turn
Date:circa 1781

: an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or cliff : TALUS (note from Hugh: talus is big rock, scree is small)

Interesting usage, SG. I can just picture the accumulation of little bits of teacher stupidity, cupidity, and yes, narcissism lying at the bottom of the great mountain of public education.

Too bad you can't turn them in to the Feds! They should be ashamed. :)

The Science Goddess said...

Thanks for the etymological (and proper usage). I really am a word-hound and love that sort of stuff.

The Urban Dictionary has another take on the word, including "Whatever you feel like making it mean." LOL

Clix said...

Maybe I should've said "scree-wy?" ;D

Dr Pezz said...

To what do you attribute the teachers' attitude? Has there been an antagonistic relationship with the administration, or is this more of a selfish slant?

By the way, it's great to see your blog again. For some reason I kept getting a blank screen when I would click on the link. Odd.

The Science Goddess said...

It's very much a case of people who think that their poop don't stink...and they don't want anyone to burst their bubble and tell them that they could stand a bit of improvement.