Tuesday, January 05, 2010


I don't have a tv nor receive a newspaper anymore. I know that at times I am probably missing some important news but I've found it quite liberating w/o the constant harangue of sensationalism and hyped mediocre news. I was horrified though on our first day back from break to get news that one of our juniors died a block from school in a car wreck the Tuesday before Christmas. He hadn't been one of my students but I knew him and would have definitely attended the memorial service. Nothing was communicated through email or our phone call tree that we use. I had to be told by one of my usual morning visiting student and didn't receive any news from administration until it was mentioned in our weekly email bulletin along with news about our usual faculty meeting on Thursday. No moment of silence, no mention of memorial..nothing except for "Counselors are available for students having difficulty with grief." I know that it's the week before semester exams and that students can be unduly influenced emotionally by things around them but it just seems so cold and uncaring for the day to pass w/o an acknowledgement of the loss of this young man. I don't know exactly what the school could have done but this impersonal action is one thing about my large "recognized" suburban school that I find "unacceptable".

1 comment:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I thought I was one of the only teachers in the world without a TV. I'm glad to know that there is at least one other.

I am NOT glad to know that you have such poor communication at your school...

Maybe you can say something (gently, of course) to administration: "It would really have been helpful to have had this information passed on through our phone tree...blah, blah."

You don't need to confess that you have neither TV nor newspaper, but somehow you need to get the message across that redundancy in passing on information is better than not passing on the information at all.