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>>I'm with you Reatha, I'm not sure it is worth it.
-if you think a principal is bad, wait til you get a regular boss. He
doesn't have a school board. Your ability to sue for harassment is your only
(thin) protection. Remember that many of the crazy parents you deal with are
-if you think teaching in public school is dangerous, at least they lock the
doors sometimes and sort of pay attention to strangers in the hall. They can
at least ask strangers to leave. Not so when you are dealing with the
public, especially government work. Anybody can come in, even when the
police are carrying bodies out of the apartments across the street. (tho we
did recently have "lock down" when a convenience store owner across the
other street was murdered during lunch - but "lock down" only meant we
couldn't leave - the public could still come in) Teachers being shot makes
national news. That might mean it is still somewhat rare, compared to other
workplace violence. (My last day working the front desk I was looking for a
pen and found a large color photo with the note "if this man enters the
building call Capitol Patrol - disgruntled former employee" - of course no
one had ever shown me this -even in an agency still grieving from immediate
relatives killed in the Murrah bombing)
-be thankful you have a pension and some health benefits. Lots and lots of
other workers don't - especially those with similar educations working for
even lower pay for non-profits. (those of us who have had difficulty
finding teaching positions or even a decent job with benefits get a little
crazy when those with don't appreciate what they have)
-"the public" likes nothing better than to phone in complaints about anybody
driving a government vehicle. Did you cut them off? did you stop at
McDonalds for coffee? Did you put your purse (personal item) in the trunk?
Better yet, they'll call the local radio station and if you're really lucky
you'll make the paper.
Count your blessings, get some rest, enjoy your summer, refuel.
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