Yesterday was, to say the least, a bad day. First of all, I caught some students cheating quite blatantly. Our student handbook has a very specific punishment for a cheating offense. When I took the issue to my principal and expected that he would back me up on the issue, he instead informed me that it was my fault because apparently I am unable to keep control in my class. This is a man, who refuses to back up his teachers and each time we take him an issue, he turns it around on us. It is never the student fault, it is always the fault of the teacher. We do what we can to control our classes. I try to create a good learning environment. Similar to this blog, my classroom is a fun (sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes very serious) approach to education. Apparently, I am unable to tell a joke in the classroom, or attempt to make the subjects I teach fun and interesting because it leads to the students not understanding that cheating is wrong. How, I do not know?
Instead of the principal backing me, I felt like I was thrown under a bus. I was berated by him for over an hour, part of that in front of students, making me look like a fool. To say that I am furious, is an understatement. I have attempted to address the problem with academic dishonesty with him in the past and been rebuffed. I guess, I should not have expected more from him, though I did. Instead of being a teacher who is attempting to make the school a better place, I feel like a scolded child. The children feel triumphant because they are not going to have to deal with the full punishment that is accorded to them. Why can’t people understand the value of an education? Cheating is wrong; end of story, or at least it should be the end of it. I was proved wrong about that yesterday.
I can only hope that this principal will only be at our school for the rest of the year at the most, and we can truly have a fresh start next year.
Sorry about the bitching. Thank you for reading.