My principal just doesn't get it. How can anyone not understand just how good libraries are for kids?
I always shudder when I hear anyone say that someone else doesn't "get it." Why might a person, "not get" something that seems obvious to the one expressing frustration?
- That the person is stupid. (Amazing, however, that a stupid person could get through graduate school.)
- That the person is being willfully ignorant. (I supose such devious people exist - but to what purpose?)
- That the person has not been properly educated. (They don't ever talk about libraries/technology in administrator training programs.)
Here is what I think is more likely - most administrators "get it" just fine - they just have a different reality that makes our "it" less important to them than it is to us.
We can offer the very best hammer in the world, but if your principal really needs is a saw, having a great hammer is immaterial. They get "it" that you have a good hammer - it just isn't relevant.
Maybe it's us that don't get "it."
Just thinking about this as I read our district's AYP results in this morning's newspaper. The only "it" some principals will be "getting" is how to raise the reading or math scores of certain groups of kids.
Please stop saying, "They just don't get it." It may reflect on your lack of empathy and understanding, not your principal's.