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Nov. 7th, 2003

Dear various teachers:

I realize that I am, on average, at least 6 years younger than you are. I understand that you have more experience with small children and in the school system. However, I do wish to note that I have a degree from a rather challenging college. In other words, I'm not an idiot. I'm inexperienced. There is a difference.

Please, if I'm doing something that strikes you as odd, or something that you know flat-out is just not right, tell me politely. I realize I'm young, but I still merit respect. Don't tell me that I'm using the wrong copy machine, and when I express my ignorance of this fact, singsong (not quite under your breath) "Someone needs a training on this!"

Patronizing me won't help. It may make you feel better, but it does nothing for my relationship with you. It only breeds contempt and resentment.

(Goddamn holier-than-thou first grade teachers!!!!)


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Nov. 7th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
Sounds like you love teachers about as well as I like Real Estate Agents and Sales Reps.
Nov. 7th, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
Really, it's just the one that needs to meet with fiery doom. There are a couple of others that occasionally could benefit from thwacks with padded but heavy objects, but this one needs something sharp and possibly hot. Repeatedly. Every damned day she calls me Stephie. (It's a thing.)
Nov. 7th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
Extra armadillos in the next shipment...

~me :*
Nov. 8th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just that we've worked at different schools, or perhaps I'm just less perceptive than you, but I did not have many problems with the teachers when I worked at an elementary school. Or perhaps it's because you're administriva, and I was this gal who came in and helped out for free. But I do know that teachers have incredibly stressful jobs, and if they're elementary school teachers, they perhaps have limited social skills (I know at least some of the teachers I had worked with were rather like Reedies in that respect). In other words, give them time, and don't take it personally.
Then again, only take as much shit as you can handle; don't let it build up. Who knows, maybe you'll earn their respect by calling someone on their snarky comments.

SMART isn't a new program to the school, is it?
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