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My apologies to you and any one else that was offended. My intent was not
to pick apart any response. However, I saw another side to some of the
responses. It's not a question of being right or wrong -- just trying to
see the issue from many viewpoints. Believe me, I have zero tolerance for
disrespect and vandalism. I originally responded privately to BluesTruth;
but thought, since most responded over the list, I would post there as well.
I think this group offers the most caring, sharing, and professional
aspects of their thoughts and opinions. I certainly did not intend to
trivialize or dismiss any one of them. BluesTruth is in a very trying
situation and sought help from the group. None of us have walked a mile in
the same shoes. Those that responded did so with good intentions, or shared
their own experiences. Brainstorming, seeing many sides of the issue, is
what this group does best.
Rereading my own post, I do apologize to the individual that left for lunch
and never came back -- my response was too glib. Actually I admire your
conviction to act on your own tolerence level, whatever your situation was.
You sent a very strong message of conviction, but did the powers that be
hear it? Maybe if more teachers let administrators know that they come
prepared to teach but the situation in the classroom prevents them from
doing it, things would change. (Probably wishful thinking on my part.)
I've had my share of classes from hell, but not all day long. I'd probably
walk too, if that were the case.
Signing off to let the dust settle . . .