Re: Re: Another Reason to Private School in Rhode Island
Actually, what struck me about Rhody’s comment was how this early sentence betrays the ridiculousness of his point:
If any of us were sent back to work under a court order, our attitude might not be that great, either.
Most of us, I venture to suggest, cannot envision circumstances in which a court would have to order us back to work. We take jobs understanding the general structure of the career ladder and expecting that raises will be related to: 1) our performance, and 2) our employers’ fortunes. The idea of banding with coworkers for a work stoppage with the intention of procuring even larger raises despite the employer’s well-known financial hardships and a lack of notable improvement (to say the least) probably strikes the majority of us as a species of lunacy.
The same assessment of general experience applies to Monique’s suggestion that elected officials ought to negotiate task-by-task responsibilities into contracts. Who among us has that degree of clarity when it comes to occupational delineation? Most of us do the jobs for which we were hired — broadly defined — undertaking all that is necessary.
If the job description is to educate children according to standards set by the community and the state, and the state and community define being educated as being able to produce a final project, then it is the job of the teachers to ensure that each student is able to clear the bar. Period. “You didn’t negotiate for fifteen minutes of advice as I walked to the car” would be a profoundly selfish and unprofessional insistence, and there is little distance between that and acting as “an adult adviser.”