“Do the math,” said our school director. “It’s simple. Robert earned a D on each of 2 tests. Add those up. One point each. That’s 2 points. Now factor in his 2-point C and the total becomes 4. An A at this school is 4 points so Robert should have seen an A on his report card, instead of the D+ you gave him. Just this morning his mother was in to show me the mistake.”
Yes, I had made a mistake! A big one! It was painfully obvious now that I should never have returned to this hell-hole after summer vacation! Was I a glutton for punishment? Maybe. But now, back in the States for the Winter Holidays, I have no plans to return. I didn’t become an educator to play servant to rich, spoiled kids that can’t/won’t wipe their own rear-ends. The director may have put a price on his integrity. Not me!
There’s more. The school is systemically flawed, from the local-hires that bend and bow to parents and kids, to the head of maintenance who steals construction supplies on Sunday morning. I saw him do it! He loaded his truck with materials designated for the soccer field renovation and drove off. After I reported the episode to the director, he did nothing. He told me the man has a kid in the school on a hardship-scholarship, so who would he be punishing if he fired him? I’m thinking the director is getting a kick-back from the sale of these items…
My conscience won’t let me be a part of this place, plain and simple. I don’t like myself when I’m at this school. My self-esteem and integrity are at stake. Of course, they withheld our last paycheck before the holiday to ensure we returned. That should tell you something. Guess what? There are some things money can’t buy. I’m one of them!
I’m really curious. Anyone else doing a runner this holiday season? I think of it as a present to myself. How about you?
P.S. Some years ago I read a review in which a teacher told how their school director turned Ds into Bs using the very same logic. I thought the reviewer was making it up. Not anymore! Maybe that review gave my director the idea? It seems nothing is beyond possible in these schools. Thanks in advance ISR if you post this.