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  • 16:24 y'know those co-werkers who, when they have an "issue," rather than talking to you about it, go directly to admin? Yeah, them. Scr3w 'em! #
  • 17:14 is planning to go to a "fun science" demo & robotics event tomorrow... as a spectator. Want to get up early and run first, though. #
  • 21:47 Goodnight, Ms. @simplyautumn! #
  • 22:18 this "self-portrait" thing is corrupting me! realdealbrazil.com/customers.asp #
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Feb. 21st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
That's the difference between co-werkers and colleagues

You know, you need a beard with that hat ^_^
Feb. 22nd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Agreed. Call her/him on it. "I'm so sorry that you felt you needed to go to X to discuss _____. I'm actually a very reasonable person, and would have appreciated a chance to work it out with you personally before you said something that could end up on my performance review."

I usually try to be on good terms with co-workers but that crosses the line.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure who "tattled," or "whined." The principal attempted to imply that it was "more than one" person, complaining that I "wasted time" at faculty meetings by bringing up "philosophical issues."

What I do is, I ask questions about where the money is going, since every day, the radio & newspapers are SCREAMING about the need for budget cuts at the DOE, and that positions will have to be cut... yet we're spending tens, and even hundreds, of thousands of dollars on "technology" at our school alone which just sits in the storage room. Additionally, the district spends TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY for a dude to come talk to us about... well, that's gonna be a rant of its own. Anyway, I ask questions which some of the "old timers" don't car about, because they feel secure in their tenured, "principal's pet" positions.

What keeps me sane is -- after the meeting in question, I had at least three people approach me over the next few days and tell me, quietly, that they were glad I had brought up these issues, and thank me for asking the questions that nobody else would ask.

I am working on developing more subversive methods of quiet rebellion. Of note: when I left the meeting with my boss, she was laughing, and she also mentioned that she had some additional "tech purchases" to show me at another time which had cost "a lot of money" and which had been sitting, unused, in a side office for the past three years. In small ways, I think I'm getting my point across, albeit at some "professional risk." I just can't keep my yap shut, is what it boils down to!

This email from our NASA Schools Coordinator gave me a little breathing room, I think. Makes our school look good:

Autumn and David,

Your video was just shown at our monthly videoconference (ALL DLN studios across the agency, all NES coordinators, all Tom Clausens) by the NES national management team. Oohs and ahhs were expressed by all. :-)


Edited at 2009-02-22 08:25 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Ah. The picture becomes clearer now. I retract my previous advice and now suggest the next time you need to "waste time" at a meeting you reference Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Book One,* so at least their complaints about being bogged down with philosophical issues will be more accurate.

Nice note about your film, BTW. I forgot to ask, was that put together on a Mac?

*on my mind because one of my more haute bourgeoisie LJ contacts twittered: "If the librettist of "Bluebeard's Castle" was influenced by Thus Spake Zarathustra, he must have fallen asleep halfway through the book. #" today. (!)
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