Sandwich was an utter nightmare! For those not local it's the town made famous by Linekar & the crisp sandwich ads! A bus had crashed into the train bridge & some roads were closed. When I got to Imogen she was with an ex pupil of ours who couldn't get a bus so I took her home too.
When I got back to school my appointment had been waiting but had been having a cup of tea with a fab member of staff. It was a meeting where one of the life blood members of teaching assistant staff was giving me her retirement letter because of poor health. This amazing person decided that it is unfair on our children that they lack due provision because of budgeting for sick pay. So didn't take the sick pay, the full pay she could take for several months. Has resigned after four weeks because she knows our budget as a small school cannot afford anything else.
There were tears. Hers, the class teacher's mine. We told her just how much she meant to us and our school family. I walked past her Spurs pencil case last week when I taught in that class & it made me feel so sad. We've had some great football banter over the years.
Then I came home & caught up on Internet things and noticed what was going on with Andrew.
I, as I'm sure many did, first conversed with Andrew Old with respect for his anonymity. There was some profligate disrespect for his chosen anonymity which I always felt reflected poorly on those that engaged in it.
I have disagreed with Andrew at times. He has strong views. But I have always found him fair when engaged in a fair debate. We might not always have come out agreeing over the years but I've never engaged other forum users in disagreeing with him. I've always thought that's a bit sad.
In any argument there is a sting. An essence you don't like. But a grain of truth that is essential to consider. Some people are great at articulating the sting! I'm married to one of those people. You either think about that grain, once you get over the pain of the sting, and apply that to practice. Or you don't. You complain about the sting.
Complaining about the sting is easy. Changing things in response is hard. But important. We're not in education for us.
Andrew has literally put his money where his mouth is and resigned his job. Because it compromised his integrity.
Who of you genuinely keep the line? Who, if they are honest, moves the line of integrity back and forward to suit? Sometimes themselves but often necessity.
I have a lot of admiration for Andrew and am lucky enough to have met him and know what kind of person he is.