I'm frustrated right now.
About the middle of last week, there was a note in one of the kids' school bags informing us that our school principal will not be there after the Christmas holidays, and he's going to a new school in the next town over, and some woman will be our new principal, and blah-de-blah, he hopes we will show her the same welcoming spirit that we showed him.
Am I the only one who cares? Because, I care. I like this man. I think he's an excellent principal. He knows every kid in the school. He knows their idiosyncrasies, their limitations and strengths, and their issues. I hate to sound like a corn dog, but he instills the kids with excellent morals and school spirit.
See that? I'm all grown up, right? I like morals and good school spirit now! Isn't that great? But, in highschool, I was all ANTI-SPIRIT, AND YOU PEOPLE ARE SHEEP, STUPID, LAME, PREPPY SHEEP AND THIS SCHOOL IS BULLSH*T AND HOW COME YOU'VE ALL GOT YOUR HEADS BURIED IN THE SAND AND CAN'T SEE THAT??? YEAH, GO AHEAD AND PAINT PURPLE AND WHITE FLOWERS ON YOUR FACES. I'LL BE OVER HERE IN REALITY-VILLE.
Yeah, that's how I used to be. Whatever. I still say it made me interesting.
So anyway, we've been offered a steaming load of "too bad, so sad," and nobody gives a crap.
I have learned that this is provincial policy for the school board to be able to move a principal around to another school on a whim, even if it's mid-year, and totally disruptive to the school. I have also learned that principals in this province only stay at schools for five years anyway, and then they're shuffled around.
Oh, I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that this was RETARDED. What about continuity at our schools? What about school spirit? What about the principal being the captain of his/her SHIP?
So, I wrote my letter to the school board and it was IGNORED. Nicely played, school board. Great tactic. Then I was scrambling around after school, feeling out a few of the other parents. Aren't you upset that Mr. So-and-so is being sent to another school? I asked.
In response I got SHRUGS, and a general attitude of "yeah, this sucks, but what are you gonna do?"
APATHY! ARGH! I HATE APATHY!
Even The Man doesn't get all fired up ever about this stuff. And do you know what I said to him, which is the same thing I will tell EVERYONE:
NEVER BECOME COMPLACENT. ALWAYS CHALLENGE THE STATUS-QUO.
I believe that.
I have exactly 7 days to do any kind of ralleying/lighting fire under asses. Is it a total losing battle? I don't even know how to get my word out.
So, I was flapping my yap to The Man about it again today. I don't know what's the point, I said, if everyone else is apathetic. Even that one guy parent at the school? I think he was MOCKING me. When I mentioned that we should do something, he said; "should we start a protest?"
"YES!" I said, all excited.
think he was making fun of me though. Sigh.
Oh yeah, so as I was saying, I was telling The Man that why should I bother, because even HE isn't behind me, har har. I like to rib him. It's my job.
"If there were a poster of ME being a CHAMPION, YOU would NOT be behind me in the picture."
Exasperated, he finished making his lunch and quietly escaped back to the safety of his dining room table desk.
Seriously though, see THIS?
I TOTALLY don't see him in there. Take THAT, HUSBAND.
So what does one do, my friends? What does one do?