Excerpt from new book, Trials of a Northeast Louisiana Child, article is about a dedicated teacher and a devious principal
Principal With School in Unsatisfactory Academic Status Unofficially Fires Successful Qualified African- American Teachers on Unreasonable Measures.
What do you think of this as a headline, “principal with school in unsatisfactory academic status unofficially fires successful qualified African- American teachers on basis of hate, nepotism, and race”? I believe that in this day in age in a school and school system that is failing that just so happens to be in one of the largest school districts of the state of Louisiana located in the state capital, it is outright awful. I knew a teacher in Baton Rouge, LA, that had a successful two years as an educator who has faced unreasonable, unethical, and unfair treatment. She was one of two successful highly qualified teachers who were unofficially terminated by a no confrontational nepotistic bigot on the sly. Here’s the story: This poly-subject African-American woman Louisiana certified teacher who grew up in poverty was forced to leave her hometown in small Northeast Louisiana after being declined seven times for a teaching position. She ended up getting hired in Baton Rouge, LA, to teach music, performed well started after school group to promote higher achievement on all aspects of life , positive behavior, and character, got into bad financial situation wages got garnished and as a result car had gotten repossessed. She had asked prior to losing vehicle if compensation would be permitted for the services: the reply was no and instead a teacher who was no longer employed by the school received monetary compensation. In sincere love to her students and the well-being of the school as a whole, this teacher kept going with after school activities as well as arriving to school earlier than the principal and leaving later than her. As a surprise, two parents came to this teachers rescue in order to keep the students motivated in the after school enhanced learning opportunities which involved movement, instrumental, vocal and cross-curricular activities. All of the while this teacher had proven in the classroom, after school, and in leisure as a poet that she had tools to remain a teacher in the school as well as the school district. The principal was making way for this teacher’s destination to doom by making desperate efforts to upset the teacher by not formally observing this teacher for a entire school year, not reprimanding a classroom teacher for inappropriately walking out of a rehearsal upon being displeased in the selection of a song that students were to perform, lying about students having bad behavior during field trips, lying about no funds available for supplies, laughing and refusing to sign documents that required her signature, allowing other teachers to hit students, to not some teachers to follow the state designed curriculum that all core subject teachers are to abide by, to slam the door in tardy student’s faces, and to view films that are not to be viewed at school, just to name a few . Not only did she allow those things to occur but also she plotted this creative young teacher’s demise by way of nepotism- she secretly offered the previous music teacher her position back as a favor because this prior music teacher was at another school having a hard time with the students. This prior music teacher had a terrible year with the students at another school in the district in that she resorted to stating racial slurs to the students in a moment of instructional distress. This previous music teacher was rewarded for her behavior in receiving a suspension and later was forced to resign from the school district altogether. As a gift of this principal’s fallacy and foolishness, this school was placed on academic watch. Another teacher who was having problems with the principal resigned and possibly nanoseconds after her resignation via telephone a large percentage of the staff knew of her resignation. This proves the hypothesis as being correct that this principal is unethical, unfair, nepotistic and overall diversity challenged on all aspects of life. Being someone who affects the lives of over 650 students in a predominately minority school in an urban setting in a system and school that is failing this type of behavior is an injustice to these students who are facing challenges adjusting to the global world along with just being an injustice to all mankind. This type of behavior should not be allowed in any school in the United States, especially in Louisiana, where students are quite poverty-stricken and the vast majority of those who are educated from Louisiana are forced to leave due to no industry and academic leaders such as this one listed. This teacher should be rewarded instead of her resources taken from her by a tyrannically terrible school leader. This principal should be removed indeed but more than likely will not be hence this is a norm in Louisiana school systems at large. This teacher was educated in small Northeast Louisiana where she thought only the leaders there were diversity challenged, but truly she learned that no matter what achievements and accomplishments some minorities make in whatever part of the state or country they are viewed by some as just second class citizens and the power of negativity and spirit of jealousy will be showered on them by any means necessary. Some may believe that this is absurd but this quote from the rap song stands true , “whatcha really know ‘bout da dirty south.” Some know nothing, some are in denial, and some flame up in guilt. We all thought Barack Obama becoming the first African-American US President would be the solution to all of the problems with diversity on all aspects of American life. We are in a country that fewer and fewer people are educated not because they fail school but schools fail them by not placing stronger legislation against teachers and administrators who are unethical. Corporations are stricter on matters such as diversity than some schools are which is a shame because educators are the ones that corporations depend upon to produce workers. A theoretical solution to this problem could be programs for at risk students in communities to give hope to students who have given up on life and the act of being educated at large. Churches should also be involved in the education of youth and some minorities who become successful should not forget where they came from and reach out and touch a life instead of wasting money on retail therapy. The back to basics approach with regards to changes in technology and media needs to be enforced along bringing back God, morals, character, and biblical principles to be taught somewhere if not at school at an after school program off of the schools’ campus . With God and morals there are grand principals who accept diversity-without God and morals there are devious principals who decline diversity. Grand principals excel and propel students, teachers, along with themselves to their destinies. Devious principals demote and demand respect and are never seen respected or giving it, spread their misery around, making students become menaces to societies, and keep teachers on their knees praying and not at schools long staying. Quite grandly this teacher would in due time make a grand principal that is why she was unofficially fired by the devious one, but wherever this teacher is she will get the job done.