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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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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.

 

From the City of Miami Springs' monthly City Council agendas:

Decorum: “Any person making impertinent or slanderous remarks or who becomes boisterous while addressing the City Council, shall be barred from further audience before the City Council by the Mayor, unless permission to continue or again address the City Council is granted by the majority vote of the City Council members present. In accordance with the foregoing, the City Council has determined that racial or ethnic slurs, personal attacks and comments unrelated to City matters or issues constitute prohibited comments from the podium.” 


My mayor interrupts my community's citizens when they speak at our council meetings.  He uses sarcasm.  He calls them "liars". He's impertinent. He should probably, according to the required decorum at city council meetings, "bar himself from further audience..." 

I have to admit that I am sensitive to decorous behavior. I'm a retired flight attendant and, working flights, I learned to paste on a grin no matter what.  Over time, I found that if I was proactive and pleasant, I would minimize my stress. I learned, for example, to check in with seats "B" and "C" if "A" wanted another Coke.  Many times I'd get the Coke for "A" and then "B" and "C" would say something like "Hey, that looks good!  I'd like one too! Shoot, bring me a bottle of rum while you're at it!"

During my 26 years of flying around the world, I'd get tired and irritated on occasion. But in general I had a lot of "flight attendant fun".  I anticipated going to work. People interest me and I am nice to them.  I'm respectful. 

There are some who might say that I'm too positive; too naive, really. That, for example, a mayor sarcastically interrupting residents speaking at council meetings, is to be expected; that on a scale of 1-10 on the decorum spectrum--one being presidential candidates referencing the size of their (ahem) hands and ten being the pope addressing an Easter Sunday gathering, a sarcastic mayor is closer to....the pope. 

But perhaps I'm confused on expected decorous behavior from community leaders or presidential candidates. Innuendo about the size of presidential penises and interrupting mayors pale in comparison with my experience in a public school. I worked for a principal who used the expletive: "F#@K!" a lot. I once heard him on a walkie-talkie held by my female assistant principal, yell at her and for anyone listening (including nearby children), "GET THE F#@K OVER HERE!" 

"F#@K!" he yelled when I was assisting him with a data oriented task.  

"Why the F#@K can't you stay out of things!?"; he screamed in fear after he found out I'd helped an employee who didn't feel safe at our school.

Maybe if he'd said "please" I'd feel differently.  

Hey!  I'm getting better at the sarcastic thing!

Never during my flight attendant career did any supervisor use the word "f#@k" with me. Nor did I with them.  I never once stood in the aisle of any airplane and yelled "F#@K I am tired of this!"  Never once, standing in the galley following a meal service and ready for a break and THEN interrupted by a passenger needing just a little more coffee or conversation, did I yell in exasperation: Why the F#@K can't you leave me alone?!"

"What the F#@K is decorum, anyway?" I wish Donald Trump would keep his hands to himself; that my mayor would just LISTEN to residents' concerns and that my former principal would learn not to say the "F" word.

Or maybe I'm just too f#@kin' naive.
 

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

Horace Mann

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