Tell us about a time when you fought authority and took a stand against,”the Man.” Did you win?
I was known for staying quiet, in the school where I taught,they always took advantage of me because of this. The principal knew other teachers would complain so whenever we had to change classrooms,I’d be the first one, I would quietly move.
One day the custodian came to my room and said, “You’re always the one who they move, they’re confident you won’t complain, you know what here on this island they say, a squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
I thought about it and let it go, I also wasn’t in favor of making noise in trivial matters. But that had to be changed because the matter in front of me was serious.
My class was scheduled to go to Art class one day, the teacher sent them back, she explained the other teacher could not have Art week before due to teachers’ workshop.
Why wasn’t this information making sense to me,I get it she is the squeaky wheel,the principal had to go along with her even if it was unfair. I watched my kids clearly dejected, I told myself I’m not going to stand here and take it.
I went to the principal’s office and told him if it were my class would he take the stand of sending the other class back and let my class have the Art period they missed. I know he was surprised, he told me to send my class for Art, he came behind me and told my class they’d be in trouble if they were noisy.
Clearly he didn’t have the guts to tell Madame her class couldn’t have Art that day,he preferred to have both mine and her class have Art in the same period,all sixty of them.
I took a stand, well I won partly but my class had to share their period with another class, which I know they didn’t like!