Another reader shares one of his favorite “Cainism’s.”
“Here is my favorite Cainism….
At the time, I am a new AP in the audience when he is speaking to large group of misinformed teachers on a low performing campus about the urgency of getting the school fixed. He said,
‘You are basically in ICU and on life-support. TEA is waiting to pull the plug.’
That really woke up our teachers and the entire school. We had to do something and we had to do it now. It worked, and what they (the district, the teachers, the regional service center, and other “experts”) said would take three years was accomplished in 10 months.
Putting things in perspective in a way that people can understand is a great Cain characteristic. Everyday that we wait is another day that we cheat kids.”
That is what is so frustrating about our profession. As a group, our expectations are too low and we are our own worst enemy. Mike Schmoker goes as far to say that we are the non-professional profession. The reason why I’m not that cynical yet, is that instead of having the life sucked out of me by the self-satisfied, self absorbed, and cowardly; I draw my strength from the teachers, AP’s, Principal’s, Superintendents and Boards that are still willing to step up and fight the good fight.
Think. Work. Achieve.