Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, in a land not to far away (when you work 10 minutes from home, you can't claim it's 'far far away land'), Miss B toiled and was troubled as she worked her fingers to the bone in a school that time would probably like to forget.  She was sexually harassed, normally harassed (there really shouldn't be such a term...is there such a term?), and overall taken advantage of on a weekly, if not daily basis.  She was stolen from, lied to, and overall stressed the hell out. 

Yet, she showed up to work every day (2 sick days the whole year) and poured her heart out to her students to get them to work, to help them, to teach them.  Her struggles to assist these kids that others had given up on usually ended with her in tears.  However, she never once gave up on them.  She tried strategy-after-strategy and even used bribes from time-to-time.  She sounds quite the martyr (well, except for the bribery), and maybe she would be but obviously she bitched quite a bit about her tormented times.  Martyrs don't bitch.  Mother Teresa never bitched.  Miss B is no Mother Teresa; nor is she a Gandhi - but I digress.

Now, as the new school year is about to begin for most teachers, Miss B included, her story starts anew, at a new school, one infinitely better in reputation and resources.  Miss B will be teaching English still, but also a new subject she's never taught before.  She has some experience in the subject.  She did 3 1/2 years of it in high school herself, and started out within the subject's major during college and people often say she can be quite dramatic (or is it melodramatic?), but that was quite a bit ago and Miss B could quite possibly f**k it up.

The question(s), dear readers (reader?), is this:  Has Miss B sold out?  Has she given up on the kids that truly needed her help? Or, has she gone where she can get to them before they ever have to step foot into her old school?  Is it more noble to deal with consequences or to step in before there are any consequences to be dealt with?

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