High schools are notorious for drama between students, and GNG is no exception. What makes this school special though is the fact that the drama extends to the school staff as well. Students often joke that they could easily make a soap opera out of some of the events.
Without a doubt, every school staff develops groups and subgroups. Some teachers may be envious of others for getting something they didn’t, principles might feel as if things aren’t going their way, teacher – student relationships become odd. But often times, the bickering, the backstabbing, and the whispering is all done behind the scenes, and students hear little or none of it. That’s what should be expected of course. It seems to me that to let students in on these events is extremely unprofessional.
GNG is also home to a large amount of inappropriate behaviors among students. We have fighting, attendance problems, cheating, etc, the list goes on and on. We also have three principles. You would think that that would go a long way in taking care of some of the delinquency. Unfortunately, it does nothing of the sort. In fact, it seems to do the opposite. Those kids who are often in trouble tend to be good friends with at least one of the three principles. If they get in trouble, they go directly to their friendly principle, who then lets them off the hook completely. Of course, the cant get off every time, but fact of the matter is that a good number of these kids are getting away with whatever they like and not receiving any negative sanctions.
Then there are budget problems. A number of teachers seem to be laid off every year (yet they can afford three principles, odd isn’t it?). In the most recent years, a number of tech classes are scheduled to be cut and those teachers fired. In a school with as much trouble getting some students to attend classes, it seems odd that they would be getting rid of classes like metal and wood shops, those classes which draw in a certain type of student. That type being of course those who don’t usually want to come to class. By removing those classes, you cant expect to have any positive results when it comes to that group of kids.
A number or teachers who are laid off are not done so for doing a poor job teaching either. It seems as if the administration appreciates those teachers who don’t question their authority best. Those who do question their methods are often times the better teachers, but of course they don’t last long.
It is a shame that the school loses its best and has them replaced with the worst, but hey, what can you do?