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 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.

 

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"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

A Piece Full World.

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
--Gandhi
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"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement 
 
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  A country song's lyrics heard today..."That's a life you can hang your hat on..." 


Pondering, then, about hats and lives...

How might a bullying principal justify his abuse to his superiors?  

This, of course, supposes that his boss is not his good friend and on the school board.  That was the case for me.  My former principal is a friend of one of my district's school board members.  That member--before he knew that I was "the one" who reported his buddy--seemed to like me a lot.  Once when he was visiting my current school--and I did not yet know how close he and my abuser were--he and I had a lovely discussion about how to end bullying for children. He and I laughed together. It was such a great and invigorating encounter that I decided to share with him my having been bullied by one of his principals.

He, sadly, did not, appreciate that.

He now doesn't look at me or talk with me at my school.  He was there last school year.  I greeted him twice. I made eye contact and I smiled. Each time he looked through me...as if I wasn't there; as if he'd just as soon I disappeared...

No smile of course, and, he has a nice one.

I think I am perplexing to him. I think he does me; likes my enthusiasm; likes my authenticity.  I got enthusiasm and authenticity--man, I can wax on and on about how to stop bullying.  I am articulate and focused when that's the topic at hand.  But start talking Common Core and Florida Standards and testing and data and my eyes glaze and water.

I am just not much interested in that.  Well, I am actually interested in Common Core.  I am interested in getting rid of it.  I am interested in researching it and finding out the "Who's Who" players in that debacle destroying our public schools' teachers and students' vibrancy.

But that's a topic for another blog... Today's is devoted to (Oh yes!  Again!)  bullying principals; men and women who should be arrested and instead lead schools, torment teachers and emotionally abuse children.

"She's not a team player," my former principal might have said about me to his boss buddies, as he ruefully shook his head.  In his testimony after charges of ethics and responsibilities violations were brought against him, he and his assistant principal stated that I had an "assertive way" and could be "confrontational".  I still marvel at that.  I was simply trying to help children.  He (and she--for she follows his every lead; her name on so many documents against guiltless teachers) was not.  He screamed at children--now that's "assertive". He used profanity--now that's "confrontational".  

Now, all of that is sarcasm and I'm not good at sarcasm.

Saying: "No" to his demands to commit fraud is neither assertive nor confrontational.  It's courageous.  It's rare. 

Saying: "Please treat me respectfully" when derisively called "honey" over and again is not confrontational.  It, too, is rare.

Helping a colleague who was scared out of his mind that his night shift boss might physically harm him was not meant to be confrontational--oh no!--it was meant to honor a man who'd come to me as his only source of assistance.  He'd reported an incident of his night shift boss threatening him with a hammer; following him in his car (remember there were only two men and one woman working at night) to our administrators only to be told in essence that he was the problem.

He, too, folded,though, and wrote a letter of apology to the principal.

"That's a life you can hang your hat on..."  You'll not, at least, hang the hat of accepting abuse on this life of mine.  

You will though, I hope, hang the hat of working hard to help other abused educators on this life...

Ah, now that's a pretty hat!


 

School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.

 

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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann

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