While taking a principles of management course a few years ago, I had the opportunity to read the book Who Moved My Cheese? In this book, cheese represents the fact that change happens. Change is constant and will always happen. Change can happen with or without your cooperation. This year Doris Jones Elementary has a new principal, Mr. Mark Speck. With this change in administration, has come new rules and policies. Changes that many parents would like to do without.
Instead of having two car pool lanes, there is now only one lane. Last year, parents ate lunch with their children by a nice window in the cafeteria, now parents each lunch with their child on a stage. Last year, parents could walk their children to class, now they have to kiss them good-bye at the door. Last year, open house was actually a meet the teacher night, but now parents didn’t have the opportunity to visit the classroom. Last year, cafeteria staff assisted students in the cafeteria during lunch. Now teachers empty student lunch trays. Wow, what an excellent use of a college degree. Soon parents may not be allowed in the school at all.
Is this a reflection of budget cuts? Will the parents of Jones Elementary school soon feel like the parents in the movie “Lean on Me?” Sometimes change is good, but often times changes are unnecessary. It is important for children to see their parents active in the school, but parents must be allowed to visit the classrooms and walk their children to class first. In the past, I was open to change and how it contributed to progress, but now I just ask Who Moved my Cheese?
Many parents believe that there are too many changes at Jones Elementary. Does anyone care anymore how parents feel? It is not like parents pay taxes or anything. Changes should never compromise the quality of education. Parents are an essential aspect of a student’s education. Parents can not assist in their children’s education if there are not allowed pass the front door. Yes, in this life we must expect the unexpected and anticipate change. However when there are too many changes at one time, it makes it more difficult for individuals to accept. Since it is only the second week of school, one can only anticipate more changes for the future.