Imagine that your daughter is being constantly and viciously harassed by a gang of racist bullies at school. You make an appointment with the principal. You show him your daughter's bruises, her torn clothes, and you ask him what he intends to do about it.
The principal listens sympathetically to your story. Then he proceeds with a litany of all those things that make his work so difficult, the person-hours lost to teachers taking stress leave, the uncaring, cost-cutting conservatives on the school board, the socio-economic conditions that prevail in the homes of the boys who have been tearing out clumps of your daughter's hair, the deficiencies in the working-hours provisions of the principals' union contract, and so on.
You patiently agree with much of what he has to say, not just politely, but sincerely. At last he concludes: You know, it was a bad idea to have children from your community enrol here in the first place. You really must try to find another school for your daughter, one that will provide, how can I put it, a less hostile environment...More >>