~Sometimes I feel like I will never find a profession where I will be happy (most) of the time. I really thought I had found that with school counseling... until this morning.
~I am in the process of doing a "needs assessment" at a local high school as part of a class project. The surveys were given to the staff school counselor who took care of distributing them to the teachers/students and the results of the assessment will be provided to her for use at that school.
~The assessment had 17 statements (one line only) and the instructions were simply to mark the ones the individual felt were important to them and then rank order the top 5 by level of importance.
~I picked up the completed surveys yesterday and was looking at them briefly this morning. That is when I noticed this-->a statement from a teacher "need to work on your lack of courtesy, especially if you're going to ask practicing teachers to do you a favor"
~then it got worse...the student surveys attached to this teacher survey were IDENTICAL. This teacher instructed his/her students to write on theirs "I feel like I can cope with high school without the intervention of pointless surveys from self importance of the state land grant institution. This is a waste of my time". The teacher also clearly instructed them to check every item as important and than rank order 1-2-3-4-5 so ultimately the surveys are of no value.
~the courtesy piece this teacher is referencing is an introductory paragraph telling them we are UT graduate students and asking for their help in completing the survey. I did NOT write this part NOR did I feel it was rude or discourteous. At the end, there was a statement to THANK them...so I'm not sure what the hell this crabby person wanted.
~Now I realize that teachers are under the gun and all nowadays with the whole NCLB crapola...but this survey was reviewed and APPROVED by their principal and would take no more than 5 minutes.
~What is MOST disturbing is that this teacher did not allow his/her students to think for THEMSELVES as it was clear he/she wrote the statement on the board for all the students to copy. Ridiculous.
~I have notified the counselor at this high school to see whether she noticed this or not. I also mentioned it to a counselor at the high school I am currently working at...she said the teacher who did this should be written up. Ha! I think so too!
~All that to say...I need thicker skin. This gave me a stomach ache this morning and I didn't even write that introductory paragraph. Also many people had proof read this document and NO ONE mentioned changing anything there or that it wasn't courteous. This whole situation (small, I know) has made me feel like I really don't want to work in this profession EITHER as I don't want to deal with such ridiculous & petty issues.
~Oh I know I'll encounter crap like this everywhere, but with the way my week has gone, this was truly the icing on the cake.