As I have noted frequently, more than 100 teachers left the school district last year and more than 100 left the year before.
From all signs, this will be the third consecutive year that those leaving the district number in triple digits.
People are unhappy with the C. J. Huff Administration, and truth be told, they have been ever since he arrived in Joplin for the 2008-2009 school year.
It did not have to be that way, Burlingame says.
After all, C. J. Huff, unlike the person who writes the Turner Report, is a reasonable man:
I can as well almost assure the disgruntled teachers that only work anonymously to “fight the system” that they will fail in any efforts of “fix the system”, even if the systems need corrective action(s). If all one does is bitch and complain anonymously you will never get the public support to gain real traction or power to find and then implant reasonable corrective action. Just screaming, anonymously, that someone “needs to be fired” rarely works in my experience. It might make you feel good, to fuel your own emotional anger (that is usually originated in fear), but it doesn’t work well in the long run.
I also believe a public response is not needed yet, in this current situation involving SOME (how many I have no idea) teachers against the R-8 administration. When the gloves really need to come off to get things done it is best to do so in private. Speeches made AFTER a negotiation that reaches resolution are fine. But such negotiations need to be behind closed doors as well as the details of compromise are sought by reasonable people or parties.
By the way, in my very personal view, Randy Turner is NOT a reasonable man when it comes to his deep resentment, personal and deep resentment, against Dr. Huff. On the other hand and based on several years of very private discussions with him, I believe Dr. Huff is VERY reasonable and wants to find better ways to improve public education in Joplin.
You can read Anson's complete post at this link.