Why bother to plan sometimes?

Wednesday January 19, 2011: Why bother to plan sometimes?

I turned up this morning at period two to teach a social studies class in Form 3 Room 12.  I met the classroom door locked and the windows closed. There was not a single student present.  I was subsequently informed that the entire class was suspended for the day.  I did not know that!

Apparently, the students in the class did not comply with the directions of their English teacher, Miss Quashie.  They had an assignment to submit for her but failed to do so.  I am advised that the matter was brought to the attention of the principal, Mrs James.  As punishment for this infraction, the principal decided to suspend the entire class for one day!

Needless to say, I was livid.  I had spent the two previous days preparing a slideshow to be presented during that double period, the only one for the week.  In fact, it was the first slideshow to be presented to that class.  I was really looking forward to it.  But, I was thoroughly disappointed when I turned up and the students were all absent.

A few other teachers indicated to me subsequently that they were aware of the suspension.  It turned out that a notice to that effect was posted on the notice board in the staff-room.  The problem with that is this: The office of the deputy principal is on the lower floor.  There is where I spend my time when I am not engaged in instruction. So, that notice never came to my attention.  I think that I would have to visit the staff-room more often!

Another thought occured to me.  The English teacher in question, Miss Quashie, is one whom I regard as a “delinquent teacher”.  She is regularly late and regularly absent.  I therefore thought it unfair that these students had to be suspended on behalf of a delinquent teacher. Miss Quashie too, deserves some form of recrimination for her oft times unprofessional and delinquent conduct.

It may never happen! For such is the world in which we live, the powerless and disenfranchised must suffer!

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