Leaders need to strongly advocate and maintain their values.
So my principal wants to create to a committee to “address the problem of plagiarism in our school.” It's a “controversial issue” he told us.
Whatever happened to simply saying: we will deal harshly with students who cheat?
We will give them zeros. We will take away privileges. We will not allow kids to go to the prom. To walk at graduation.
I thought to myself, “I'd like to create a committee to address the problem of students bringing guns into our school.” You know, because you need a committee to address issues that are absolutely against everything we stand for.
We should have committees to deal with the problems of students selling drugs in the faculty bathroom.
A committee to address the selling of freshmen to international prostitution rings.
A committee to address the burning of books on the school track.
Of course, we don't have to create a committee to address the problem of students paying a stripper come to the school.
A midget stripper. In a cop uniform. Stripping in our cafeteria. Approved by our main office. Today.
Seriously. I checked. It was approved.
The good news is, I guess, that this man, whose professional choices I respect, did not strip down too much. I wasn't there. But I heard that he fired off a lap dance or two, so there's that.
A lunch monitor told me that there were a “few hundred kids” gathered for the event.
So, we don't need a committee because we've already decided how to handle the problem of midget strippers in our cafeteria.
But we need a committee to deal with plagiarism.