If you are employed by a school you probably have some challenges.
The goofy kids.
More goofy kids.
Parents of goofy kids.
Goofy parents of goofy kids (although personally, I’ve never had any of these).
Since there have been schools, there have been administrators. Which means there have been challenges for administrators at school.
It’s part of the job (Note to new principals: not everyone is going to love you… sorry you had to hear it here first).
And the truth is, without problems, most of us would be without jobs.
This is why I consider the challenges at school to be job security (most days, I have a LOT of security).
But as I grow older (and I seem to every day), I’m starting to see changes for school administrators.
Yes, I’m turning into that person who pines for the good old days of 2006.
The biggest 3 changes I’ve seen since I started in this profession are: mandated testing, finances, and decaying of good will towards teachers.
None of these are good.
The worst one is probably how our country feels about teachers (it’s sad really).
But even with these tough hills to climb, there is something I see as possibly an even bigger pain in the caboose (I think I just dated myself with my reference to train cars that no longer exist).
I hate Facebook.
And I know less about Facebook than I do about trains.
And I don’t really hate Facebook because we’ve never officially met.
I’m sure Facebook has good qualities. Just like the goofy kids (they do grow out of it… eventually).
The challenge I see for school administrators isn’t with students and Facebook. It’s with rumors and Facebook.
People like excitement.
People like rumors.
And people really like exciting rumors.
Facebook makes it easy.
When I first started working in schools, if people didn’t like you or a decision you made they had to express themselves in person.
In your office.
Or on the phone.
Maybe an angry letter in the newspaper (again… the good old days).
Now they can do it on the interweb using Facebook.
And the worst part, it doesn’t have to be true.
People can say anything. Or worse, they can type anything.
The more exciting and untrue, the more interesting for others.
This isn’t good. Especially when people are typing at 2:30 in the morning (never good…never ever good).
In fact, it’s bad for school administrators.
It makes a difficult job almost impossible.
Maybe I will see the day where people type nice things on Facebook in the middle of the night.
But I’m not holding my breath.
Because the goofy kids of today will probably be the Facebookers of tomorrow.