It’s funny; we often find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. I am a 90s child. And, well, there will always be a special place in my heart for Dawson’s Creek. I have recently discovered Netflix, and replaying the seasons has become a comfort in my evenings.
Today I watched the episode entitled, GREEN. The episode deals with the PTA versus the new principal in Capeside, Principal Green. There was a student, who not only defaced Joey’s mural and got into a fistfight with Pacey.
Expulsion for the rest of the school year.
Deserved? Well, we think so. Did the PTA agree with us? No, not so much.
The episode played a lot on racial stereotypes: the student was white and wealthy, and the principal was black and strong in his convictions. His convictions were right, and he was unwavering. The PTA, school board, and administration wanted the principal to reduce the student’s sentence; otherwise they expected Principal Greene’s resignation.
Principal Green gave his resignation.
As a teacher, this episode spoke to me on so man levels.
Principal Greene did nothing wrong.
And yet, his job was put on the chopping block.
Because he what, challenged the wrong PTA member? It’s just sick.
People want schools to be better, more efficient, more successful. Perhaps they should pay the teachers a salary that is respectable, and, oh wait, leave the PTA out of the process. What do they know about the logistics of running a school….?
The majority needs to let teachers do their jobs. Teaching is not easy, but it’s a sad state of affairs when we start to become public enemy number one. I mean really, don’t we all have bigger fish to fry?