I'm sitting around a table in the workroom of the high school yesterday morning, with four (count them) high school teachers. Because the morning is filled with testing for the kids, I'm simply filling in where needed. The other teachers are not subs--they are full-time employees who happen to not have a roomful of kids at the moment. Hence, they, too, are filling in where needed. Most of that filling in is spent distributing/collecting test material and picking up attendance forms.
In this moment, it is clear that the five of us (Lady #1, Lady #2, Man #1, Man #2, and me) are not imminently needed. Since the other people are full-time employees, they're sitting in front of a computer, connected to the internet. Based on my lowly sub status, I'm reading a book, after having worked on writing up a critique for a fellow Plot Sister.
All of a sudden, a call comes through the walkie-talkie. The woman in charge (Lady #1) picks up the walkie-talkie, says "copy" and listens to the man on the other end. To be honest, I can't remember what the man said, but he used a rather large word in the course of his comment. That word? Diaspora.
The moment the woman takes the call and hears that word, her eyebrows furrow. She finishes listening and clicks off the walkie talkie.
Lady #1: What's a diaspora?And they all go back to what they were doing before the call of the walkie-talkie.
Lady #2: I have no idea.
Man #1: No clue.
Man #2: Sorry, don't know.
But what about me? I'm still sitting at the table, reading and smiling at this bunch of so-called educators. I can excuse the fact that they didn't know the meaning of the word--my vocabulary these days can also stand to be improved--but I can't excuse that not one of them even bothered to Google it. Each of these people had an opportunity to improve their vocabulary and not one of them took it.
I'd like to think that I'm not judging these four foks, but I am. I so am. These are the people who live in our society. These are the people who walk the halls of the schools. These are the people who TEACH OUR CHILDREN.
I'd also like to think that if a child had been present, at least one of them would have thought to look the word up. And yet, I'm not so sure.