Wednesday, September 26, 2007
You Don't Work For Burger King
Last week we got a paper asking us to list our top three C-6 assignment requests. The administration promised to do their best to give everyone one of their choices and if this was not possible, they would be able to refile and request a second time. By the way, we were only given 24-hours to complete the form.
Assignments came out today. I did not get one that I requested, even though I am one of the most senior members of my department and the school. When I spoke to the APO I was told "speak to your chairman". When I spoke to my chairman I was told "speak to the APO." I told him I had already done that and I had been sent to him. He started his usual double talk and then got to his favorite expression when he is talking to me "you are always complaining." At this point I walked out on him.
Now, my options include grieving or just going along with the latter. I'm copping out and going along with the assignment. It was given to me for the period I requested and I really do like tutoring the kids. I just don't like being forced to do it. I know that if I grieve, I will probably lose, at least on the first few steps. And, on the chance that I win, I win the battle and lose the war. The rewards of winning this time are not worth the risk.
My biggest problem with all of this is the paper I filled out in the first place. The school had no intention of letting me, or any other teacher choose our own assignment. This being so, there was no reason to ask me what I wanted. But, I guess they have to go through the charade of honoring the contract. Oh well...I feel it is just about time to get out of this business while I still have some of my sanity left.