For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
“When you can’t find the answer you are looking for because it is buried inside of the handbook ….” This is an awful feeling because you know the answer is there, but you have to read through so much “stuff” you become frustrated and think of another solution.
Policies are written in such “vague” fashion that they give discretion to those who wrote the policies. It gives you just enough to “hang yourself” at the same time, creates a “protective zone” around an organization.
This type of writing has been around for years, and I have even written policies myself in this manner. It is done to protect everyone involved, but “wordy” words …. long explanations …. and other words you need a thesaurus to figure out only make it frustrating to those who just want the answers in a simple fashion.
This kind of writing will always be in place because the goal is to keep the “organization” from all liability. The “little man” will always be the one know as the “scapegoat” in any place of business or other public organization.
Will it be fixed? Probably not, but at least if something happens to me, you will all know how I stand about “written policies” and how they are really not there to protect the individual, but the larger entity. Good or bad, it’s part of life.
So, now back to looking for that policy I need to read.