A Sad Memory
Today is actually a sad day...memorywise.
It is the 30th anniversary of perhaps the most stupid thing I have ever heard a principal say....
I was heading out to the a NCTM Regional Math Conference that was within driving distance. I offered space in my car to any local teachers who wanted free transportation.
A grade 2 teacher took me up on the offer, having never been to a math conference previously.
Via union rules she got release time for Professional Development. I told her she should ask her principal to support her further by paying her registration fee or possibly her room/board costs for the three days.
The principal's reply: "You're lucky you got this much, as you aren't even a math teacher!"
With non-leadership and dumb styatements like that, it is no wonder that we have trouble with students learning quality mathematics.
My hope: The principal is gone and that times have changed. But have they?