Aug. 10, 2017 at 1:14 a.m.
The past few nights I’ve woken up dreaming I was being pursued by school district personnel to return to the classroom. This was triggered by the knowledge that teachers in Victoria ISD have returned to work as of Monday. If I hadn’t retired and moved back to Houston, I’d be setting up my classroom and bracing myself for another round of inservice horsehockey. As much as I relish retirement, I still miss the camaraderie of most students and other teachers.
exaggeration to say there’s a trench mentality among the beleaguered cadre of
underappreciated professionals. We have to answer to parents and students, of
course. Then there are the administrators at the school and district level,
plus the statewide muckety-mucks.
in the middle are the pretend administrators, namely, the instructional
coaches. They’re like the squirrels that scurry inside electrical transformers
and short-circuit an otherwise functioning current and turn the neighborhood
dark and splatter themselves in the process. I haven’t overlooked the solons at
the state and federal level. Their interference with education can only have
one outcome more parlous than their interference with the economy or anything
else they touch.
left anyone out?
dream is not far-fetched. A year after I retired, I attended Victoria’s new teacher
orientation to help recruit members for the union. Someone from the personnel
office recognized me and asked if I was interested in returning to the classroom
to fill a shortage of foreign language teachers. I caught myself before laughing
maniacally, and politely declined.
On my trophy
shelf is a tag one of my students made. She and a group of others shouted
during class, “You’re the best Hubbell ever!” I don’t remember what caused the
outburst. Probably I had postponed a quiz. The next day I received a home-made
ribbon with “BEST HUBBELL” on it. I cried a little, and have cherished it ever
My wife asks me from time to time if I’m ready to go back. If I could just teach without having to look over my shoulder at all the people I have to please, I never would have left.
Patrick Hubbell - August 10, 2017
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