Hamlet Considers A Principal Hiring Committee

To be or not to be on the Jefferson MS Principal Hiring Committee:
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler for the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of inane questions asked by co-committee members
Or to fly far, far away from that sea of stupid;
And by avoiding the whole process remain relatively sane?
To hide, to interact
No more; and by such avoidance say we end
The heart-ache and thousand natural shocks that even being in the same room as other teachers is heir to, tis a isolation
Devoutly to be wished. To hide to avoid:
to avoid perchance to teach, ay there’s the rub;
For in that avoidance what new principal may result
That would make one shuffle off their mortal coil, or worse
Give up teaching and a nice pension?
For who would bear the lesson plan check and cockamamie ideas
of the oppressive principal, the psychotic mind games,
The dysfunctional schedule, the playing favorites,
The insolence of office, and the active hatred toward
Everything we, desperately hiding in our bare bodkin (classroom), most love?
Who would teachers bear
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after the current principal
The undiscovered “leader” from god knows what school and
Lousy pool of principal candidates
Makes us dread even hearing about the new hire
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than sit bored and/or aghast in a hiring interview with
What we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all? (you can say that again)
And thus the native hue of whining and complaining
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of waffling
And enterprises of great District and school community action
cause one to consider frequent trips to the teacher wants ads,
Especially in European countries.
Especially, especially France and Germany. Well more Germany probably, but the weather is so lousy. Not to mention the Nazi thing.
But soft you now!
*I go and it is done; the school bell invites us
Hear it not Jefferson MS, for it is a knell
That summons us all to Heaven or to Hell.

*Yeah, I know it’s from a different play, but it has a bell mentioned in it, and, besides, we don’t have anyone named Ophelia at our school.


3 thoughts on “Hamlet Considers A Principal Hiring Committee

  1. Again, thank you for making my teaching days more bearable. (Though my thank you doesn’t make yours more bearable. Sorry.)

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