February, end of winter, is the most depressing time of year. I can totally get that. Life as a single teacher is hard. I know so many of my coworkers whose families help them grade papers, clean their rooms, set up/take down their rooms. So the tasks aren’t as daunting for those of us who have no extra hands. Work is hard, but it’s always hard, I’d like to quote Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own here: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
Things just keep getting harder 😦 So that thing I spoke about back in October that was making me all girly giddy happy just fell through. I had suspected as much a while ago, didn’t want to see the writing on the wall, but yeah I got the closure needed to move on. Shame when you think you’ve communicated a lot, apparently it’s still not enough for some.
It seems January is the time to make me & my colleagues squirm in our seats.
Last year during an in service day an assistant principal read this book about these elephants in a Tokyo zoo: Faithful Elephants. During World War II the government was afraid that if their city was bombed the animals would escape from the zoo & reek havoc around town. They ordered the caretakers at the zoo to euthanize most of the animals they deemed dangerous. The caretakers tried to inject the elephants, but the needles kept breaking.
They decided to starve them, well it goes on to say the elephants began doing tricks for their treats, because when they performed they usually got treats. I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!!! I was already going thru DTs & tearing up by the time she read the part about them having to euthanize, sigh…….. My father had just passed away two weeks prior. This was not a good time for this story. I gotta tell ya I don’t even remember what the workshop was about that day only the devastating story she read, ugh!!!
Then the very next session my curriculum person read a story about a puppy who felt ugly, he was a pug, and other dogs made fun of his pushed in nose. I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!! Yeah, then the principal read a bloody western scene in one of his favorite books, sigh……
It was not a good day that day.
Today, I was sitting in a professional development session with a very engaging presenter & she told us this story about learned helplessness. This scientist did an experiment where they brought 2 groups of dogs in. One group they shocked over & over again until they did a little trick that made the shocking stop, yeah, again, not a pleasant story. My muscles, before she even continued the story, clenched/tensed up & I couldn’t type anymore.
As we headed out this afternoon, I vowed to not do any work related stuff this evening, but to snuggle with my pups. If I do any work stuff it’ll only be on pinterest 🙂
Today I saw Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11. All I can say is that after viewing this movie anyone would be hardpressed to vote for our current president come November 2nd.
It was a great movie, although I have to say I got tired in the beginning of the constant grooming by administration officials before going “on air.” I think Mr. Moore could have just gone through the credits and grooming outtakes a bit faster. Although I found it amusing that they all, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeild, Rice, Wolfowitz and even Powell were having a good time smiling and waiting for the countdown to air.
I know the administration is just ignoring the film, its contents and not even validating it with responses to it. But I personally would like to hear their responses to the points the film makes, but I guess if they black out information from reports how can we expect them to answer truthfully.
I honestly believe the American public was vulnerable after 9/11 and the administration saw that as their chance to implement policies and acts, etc. with full support of most of the country. Which was evident by the mother Moore interviews in the film who was praising the military until she found out her son was killed in action. Having a family member in the military stationed in Iraq, I lost it. I almost lost it in the beginning when they were showing the scenes from 9/11, but that got to me.
The one complaint about the movie, Moore used the theme music from The Greatest American Hero during one particular pr spectacle during the war, and I love that song, Moor just ruined it for me. I know it’s cheesy, but at the same time it gives me happy memories. I won’t give away all details, but I highly recommend everyone go see it. We’ve been hearing only one side of the story for the past 4 years and it’s time we heard the other side.
I was going to vote for Kerry before I saw the movie, but I’m even more confident in my decision now.