I have no idea what that title means except that is what happened today. The superintendent of the very large school district had all 20,000+ employees show up at the largest entertainment venue (and where the district holds high school graduations) this morning to kick off the new year.
Fortunately, each employee did not have to drive their car and cause a massive traffic jam that would make the entire city hate them. The hundreds of buses used to transport thousands of students, who have not yet started back to school, were used today to transport thousands of faculty and staff.
Many of my Facebook friends who are current district employees posted photos of the scene.
I cannot even begin to tell you, dear Reader, how grateful I felt to NOT BE THERE. In the past year I have realized, with great clarity, that I cannot deal with large crowds like this, crammed into a stadium-like setting, who was supposed to be paying attention and doing something purposeful.
That was the case this morning, I assume, but no one yet has been able to tell me what they learned or what they will be doing with the knowledge they supposedly received. Anyone who has taught knows there has to be a take-away for the lesson to have been successful. But, do you think, in these conditions, that much could have been accomplished?
The teachers had to return to their schools afterwards, but I do not know what they were assigned to do. Perhaps to write up the morning’s experience? Most probably wanted to work in their classroom, getting it ready for the students who will arrive August 19.