Many public school teachers and fellow administrators have said in moments of frustration, 'we should write a book - people won't believe it'. Public School Adventures is one educator's attempt to tell these stories.
All of the stories in this book are true, although some of the names of individuals and the names of the schools have been changed to protect those persons, institutions, and of course the author. The intent is to give the reader an inside view of how some situations and events in schools unfold and what took place for this one educator.
While polls and statistics consistently support the fact that although there are many concerns about public school education in general, most people feel very positive about their local schools. That's a strange phenomenon - a strange disconnect. That doesn't mean that our public schools are without significant problems. Those problems are real, persistent, and difficult to solve. Nonetheless, many good people are trying their best and give it their all. These stories share some of the difficulties and obstacles that educators face in our public schools.
Of course, as in any organization, there are individuals who do not meet the required high standards that are so important for successful schools. These individuals do not possess the appropriate attributes, and really have no place in these most important institutions. In every school, thankfully, there are only a very small number of individuals who quite frankly have no business being anywhere near the kids or those schools. This dynamic is one of the greatest problems facing our schools - the inability to remove these weak and ineffective links. However, these individuals make for some interesting stories.
This book isn't intended to be a weighty discourse of the many important factors facing our public schools, but more a light and entertaining sharing of experiences that make up one educator's journey. Enjoy the ride.