Thursday, January 18, 2007

Authority Questions Authority

Back in my school days -- over twenty years ago! -- teachers, principals, and administrators were to be respected, admired, and even feared. The higher the school official ranked, the more imperious and god-like his bearing. Most of the time, we felt humbled in the presence of such a being.

In the 21st century, the veneer of divinity has been rent asunder and these authority figures have been revealed for the "crude matter" that they are, just like the rest of us. A couple of year ago it was the Bethel Park superintendent affair. This week, it is an alleged assault on the son of the Lebo school board the Principal of USC High School.

Yeah, this'll win the admiration and respect of students and parents.

The battle lines are clearly drawn. The USC authorities (including the cops) are claiming, after an investigation, that nothing bad happened. Meanwhile, people who were at the basketball game where the alleged assault occurred and actually saw it happen are supporting the accusation.

This sounds like the kind of dispute that students would be arguing in front of the principal, not something that school officials would be arguing about in front of the public. It's nice to see people with taxpayer-funded income brought down a peg. As a citizen of the American Republic, I've never been comfortable with the concept of respecting authority, particularly those authorities who feed off of the public trough. Those pigs are no better than the rest of us.

Methinks more people need to keep an eye on where their tax money is going.

1 comment:

jipzeecab said...

Both school districts have had plenty of unfavorable publicity;
ML's Board who not so long ago hired a Superintendent whose claim to fame was being Principal of an experimental New England school who turned out to be a flake and subsequently having to buy her out at nearly 1/2 $million...and
USC who had an assistant HS football coach caught up in the middle of a cocaine deal...