There is a natural consequence for every action. Like, if I wear sunscreen, my chances of getting skin cancer decrease. YAY FOR ME! On the flip side, if I eat Big Macs every day, I’m gonna need leggier leggings, not to mention roomier arteries. BOO FOR ME!
Now, imagine a world where my Big Mac addiction results in my doctor getting fired. Seems unrealistic to hold another person accountable for my behavior and choices, right? That’s because it is. Unless, of course, we’re talking about teachers.
Someone else’s irresponsibility–a student, a parent, another teacher!–sadly has the power to threaten a teacher’s job. Not many other professionals are at the mercy of such contrary circumstances, but unfortunately, that’s just how our schools work today.