Day 20 (of 188) the worst news
Sometimes (as principal) you have to filter getting ‘the worst news’. Sometimes it’s dealing with custody issues. Other times it’s letting unsuccessful applicants know they didn’t get the job (that time). And it can be tough.
But sometimes it gets tougher.
Sometimes you get the phone all that a member of the learning community had an accident – or even worse is in the hospital.
Sometimes it’s good news and ‘just’ a broken arm.
Sometimes it’s worse.
The reality is that my perception of ‘the importance of education’ always takes a hit when ‘the worst’ news comes in. Too many times I’ve had to ‘make the phone call’ or ‘hold the emergency staff meeting’ to discuss and come up with a plan when there is a death in the community.
And yet….I find it almost more difficult when I learn about a diagnosis of ‘a terminal illness’. I have a family friend whose son has Duchenne disease: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchenne_muscular_dystrophy
and his story further fuelled my belief to ‘make every day in school as great as possible’ for each day of learning because ‘he’ might be in my class and I might just not be aware of it…
Even tougher in scenarios such as when we discovered today that a learner who should’ve been joining our kindergarten class but couldn’t due to an operation & procedures for a tumour (non-cancerous) led to the discovery of a much worse, likely terminal cancer: https://www.facebook.com/meganleverrier and uncertainty if we even have time to pull off a ‘make-a-wish’ event (having enough problems finding an Elsa costume for Halloween – but find one we will!)
For me it is situations like this that further fire me up to make a difference in education sooner rather than later, because “the best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft agley” and if we don’t do the work today sometimes things get tougher.