Resignation isn't Defeat, It's Knowing When Enough is Enough.

This past week was another wonderful misadventure into the underbelly of organizational leadership. The sudden changes I had spoken of previously have started taking place, and, now more than ever, it’s becoming glaringly obvious just how absurd our school has become.




From Oxford Dictionary: Diversion: an activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns.

A new teacher, from a very privileged affluent teaching background, arrived during our Eid Holiday. My Principal decided to extend his holiday by two days without telling anyone, so I was left in charge and had to entertain him for the time being. He caught up with me yesterday in the hallway while I was taking a break from going back and forth between teaching my fourth grade class and handling fistfights between other grades while they were on their break.

Me under my breath: .... I really fucking hate children.
Newbie: I beg your pardon?
Me: I hate children.
Newbie: Seems like an odd thing to say.
Me: ...eh.

There was an awkwardly long pause. He didn't walk away.

Newbie: How long have you been teaching in Saudi?
Me: This is my second year.
Newbie: How long have you been a teacher?
Me: This is my second year.
Newbie: ... Really?
Me: ... Yes.
Newbie: That seems like an odd thing to say.
Me: ...
Newbie: You're a teacher, and you hate children... Isn't that an odd thing to say?
Me: ... If you cleaned septic tanks for a living, neck deep in shit every day, would you enjoy plunging your hands in every random clogged toilet you came across just because people think you're used to it?
Newbie: Well... Um... No.
Me: Then you see my point.

You've Made Your Bed.

My apologies for the lengthy absence. It wasn't something I anticipated.

Things here in the Kingdom have been exceptionally extra-ordinary these past few weeks. This school year so far has been, without a doubt, one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever had, and things have only gotten more ridiculous as time has gone on. It’s been an incredibly trying time, both personally and professionally, and as things stand currently, it will continue to be this way for the foreseeable future.