Back when I had employees, I was never a good boss, because I was too easy on people. I always wanted to be a friend to everybody who worked with me, and sometimes people think that makes you soft, and then they try to take advantage of the situation. Disciplining employees was always hard for me, and firing someone was especially stressful. But sometimes you have no choice. You have an employee that just refuses to follow the rules, who creates discontent among the rest of the staff, or who is dishonest, and they must go. I’ve also had a few employees who just were not cut out for the newspaper business, or for advertising sales, and I had let them go for their own sake, as well as mine. Those were the hardest ones to handle.
I have also fired a couple of doctors, an attorney, and an insurance company who forgot that I was the customer and did not give me the service I wanted. Some people don’t think you can fire your doctor or your lawyer, but you can. It’s your money, your health, and your future you are dealing with, and if you are not happy with the relationship, it’s time to part company. Speaking of relationships, I’ve even fired a wife or two! I’m no Donald Trump, but if it had to be done, I did it.
But I think even Donald of the Bad Hairdo can’t top the school board of Central Falls, Rhode Island, which just fired the entire teaching staff at their high school because of the school’s terrible performance record. Yes, you read that right. 88 teachers and other support staff were booted to the curb because they were not doing their jobs!
News reports say that the school’s track record was indeed pretty dismal; only seven percent of 11th graders were proficient in math, just 33 percent were proficient in writing, and 55 percent met expected grade levels in reading. Only 48 percent of students graduated within four years!
The school superintendent said that she tried to work with the teaching staff to resolve the school’s problems, suggesting changes that included extending school hours, requiring teachers to offer tutoring, having them get additional training, and asking teachers to eat lunch with their students once a week to try to form relationships with them that would carry over to their classrooms. But when the teachers’ union nixed that idea, the next step was to clean house.
Now there’s an employee incentive plan for you! If you come to work and do your job, you get to come back and do it again tomorrow!
Now, I’ll admit that I have never been a school teacher. But I have known many teachers over the years, and I know that there are a lot of kids who are just too lazy and unmotivated to even get out of bed in the morning, let alone come to class and participate. And I also know that there are way too many parents who are a big part of the problem. But when more than half the kids in a high school can’t graduate in four years, it’s time for a change. Since the teachers at Central Falls High School either couldn’t or wouldn’t get the job done, hopefully the school system can hire some new folks who will.
And if they do, can we send the school board down to Washington, D.C.? There is a lot of deadwood sitting around there picking their noses, scratching their butts, and ignoring the people they are supposed to be working for. Can we give everybody inside the Capital Beltway their pink slips? Because I think a lot of them got their education and their work ethic at Central Falls High School!
Actually, if we traded all of the congressmen, senators, and bureaucrats in Washington for the student population at Central Falls, we’d probably still be better off!
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