Big Brass Ones
December 3, 2007 § 2 Comments
I don’t know Miguel personally, but I’m very familiar with SAISD, since I worked there for 5 years. I’m also very familiar with the dynamic in large, urban school districts, having worked for two over the past 12 years.
I have to say, what Miguel has done, essentially calling out the stagnant folks in his district takes some serious courage.
I ranted on about things at NEISD while I was there, then decided to quiet down a bit because even though I wasn’t entirely happy with my job, I needed to keep my house. Of course, I was in a peon position there, whereas Miguel is a director. I’m still not quite sure if that makes his post more courageous or more stupid (from a keeping-your-job standpoint).
Like I said, I know how things work in his district. I know how political it can be and how members of their school board like to raise a ruckus in the press. But he is lighting a fire…one that has needed to be lit for a long time, and by doing in a public forum, I’m sure it will raise some eyebrows, but it might just get things to change a little more quickly, too.
I hope things work out the way he wants.
Update: Miguel has been revamping his website, and the post I referenced his disappeared. I’m wondering if it got lost in the shuffle or if it was intentional.
Updated update: I found the post in my reader and sent it back to Miguel. He’s posted it again, and it’s re-lined in the body above.