At the beginning of the school year there was an agreed upon tech integration plan between her, the principal, and the curriculum director. The year starts and she works the plan which is to start with keyboarding for third grade. The first quarter ends and she is excited to begin helping teachers integrate technology. The second quarter starts and she begins her work until teachers realize it is the same program they are used to year after year.
Year after year teachers have their students pulled out for media giving them extra planning time. This year wasn't the plan. The 3rd grade teachers realized this and pressured the principal into giving them back the status quo. Rather than stand up for the learning time students deserve the principal bowed the pressure avoiding confrontation. Teachers contractually had their minutes - they just wanted more. Sadly this time is being wasted when students could be learning.
My wife's educator spirit is broken. Who can blame her. There is no support for the plan laid out in the beginning of the that she, the principal, and the curriculum director agreed upon.
It is to the detriment of education when learning takes a back seat to principals who are not willing to stand strong. I can imagine the pressure can be intense but when a plan has been put in place and it will deepen learning for students and teachers then this plan should be followed.
If learning is not worth fighting for then it is to detriment of students who deserve better.