OR How to live with Disequilibrium
The school principals, like all other educators, should expect to please no one.
All too often they are caught on the horns of a dilemma regardless of the action they take, or fail to take.
If they report to school too early, they have insomnia; if they leave school late, they are slow workers.
If they attend sports events, they are over-emphasizing athletics; if they miss an event, they have no school spirit.
If they correct a teacher, they're always picking on someone; if they don't correct teachers, they're weak administrators.
If they have a friendly personality, they are showoffs; if they're quiet, they're anti-social.
If they call a meeting, they have no regard for teachers' time; if they don't call meetings, they don't believe in democratic administration.
If they make quick decisions and follows up; they are autocrats; if they are slow to make decisions, they are indecisive.
If they visit the classroom, they are being nosey; if they don't visit the classroom, they don't care what is going on.
If they buy a new car, they must be overpaid; if they don't buy a new car, they must be misers.
If they speak up for some new program; they're on the bandwagon; if they're cautious about change, they're living in the past.
If they suspend a student, they don't understand children; if they don't, they're a weak disciplinarian.
If they use the public address system, they like to hear themselves talk; if they don’t, they fail to keep their staff informed.
If they attend conferences for principals, they're goofing off; when they don't, they're unprofessional.
If they check with the superintendent, they haven't a mind of their own, if they seldom check, they’re assuming to much authority.
If they regularly have a hot lunch, they're not watching their weight; if they seldom have a hot lunch, the school lunches aren't good enough for them.
If they phone to say, there's no school on a snowy morning, why did he wait so long; if they don't call, they must be driving a snow plow to school.
If they’re young, they've got a lot to learn; if they're old, they just don't have it any more.
But take heart folks. Keep giving your best, for no matter what you do there are those who will always say
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