Entitled at Weston? Or overworked?

As we all have learned over the past two years, our Dear Leader’s strategy is to blame others for his own shortcomings, to accuse his enemies of those characteristics that are really his own character flaws, to claim to speak for “the people,” and to deny all personal responsibility for his words and actions. Unsurprisingly, this technique has rubbed off all too well on far too many adults and teenagers alike. I’m sorry to say that we saw an example at Weston this week, posted on our “Anonymous Concerns” webpage by a senior (surely a male senior, so let’s call him Don, to pick a pseudonym at random):

I am genuinely appalled at the lack of compassion from the teachers at Weston High School. We, the students, understand the importance of hard work and handling workload. However, the sheer amount of homework, tests, quizzes, papers, and projects assigned the week of the November 1st deadline is simply cruel. It is not a matter of procrastination, merely one of overload. Staying up until 4 am every night including weekends for the last week and a half is unnaceptable. Any semblance of concern WHS displays for mental health support is false—it is disgusting how little teachers care for the wellbeing of the senior class this week. This is not complaining for the sake of complaining. The senior class has noticed something unusual, and both I and my peers are suffering the consequences of a lack of empathy and a harmful workload in this already stressful week.

OK, he’s overworked. We know that many students are overworked and underpaid. But guess what? So are many teachers. Even though I have retired from Weston, I still say “we,” and I can assure Don here that our teachers have compassion and care for their students’ well-being. Lack of empathy has never been a problem for the vast majority of Weston teachers. If he is so concerned about the November 1st deadline — that’s for early-action college applications, I should explain to my readers who have been out of high school for too long — then why has he overloaded himself and taken no responsibility for doing so? There’s no need to take multiple AP classes (where I agree there’s a lot of work, and  there’s little that any teacher can do about that). Even though I am officially retired, I wrote half a dozen letters of recommendation last week, so imagine a teacher who has to write 25, or even 60 in a few cases: that’s who you need to have some empathy for! While I know that teenagers typically think of themselves first, they can still learn to think of others. I’ve seen plenty of examples where they do. But not Don, who apparently feels entitled to create false accusations against those who have put in many extra hours in order to teach him and help him. “Entitled” is the word.

Categories: Teaching & Learning, Weston