19.3.09

The Rubber Room

For the last couple of months, as a means to maintain my sanity, I’ve taken to putting myself to sleep with a Podcast. I usually listen to Latino USA or recently, This American Life.

The other night, I was listening to This American Life #350 Human Resources. One of the segments was about The Rubber Room. In New York City, when a teacher can’t be fired because investigations are still being done they are sent to an office off campus where they wait, and wait, and wait until they are either terminated or reinstated. During this time, they are paid their full salaries and there are some who have been there for years.

When Dan the Man came to bed after a few rounds of Madden, I slurred the facts of the story to him. “What?”

More slurred, blurry facts.

“Whatever, you’re lying. You’re just dreaming and making this up.”

“No, I’m not. It’s true.”

Then, as quickly as I woke up, I passed out again. When I woke up the next day, I remembered the conversation and thought I must have been sleeping. So I listened to the Podcast again, and sure enough, I was right.

Since then, I’ve been having nightmares about work. These nightmares come at night or during my daydreams and I zone out while cleaning or showering. I doubt anything like that would happen to me, but it’s sad to think that it does happen.

I know some of those people are to blame and they probably did something ridiculously obtuse—something children should never have to witness. However, I know there are some in there that don’t deserve to be there, but because they used their voice, they got on someone’s crap list.

It also makes me wonder, is there such a place in Houston?

3 comments:

MsAbcMom said...

I have wondered about the Rubber Room too. I will have to look for that podcast. Sadly there are too many teachers that I know who shouldn't be teaching. I think they would be more than happy to show up to the Rubber Room every day. Maybe I shouldn't continue with this thought until I hear the podcast.

Thanks for bringing this up. It has been on my mind.

Michelle Cantu Wilson said...

Oh honey. En tu distrito se llama "Media Services."
It absolutely happens. Remind me to tell you the story. Well, the facts as I watched them happening to a teacher.

Michelle Cantu Wilson said...

Oh honey. En tu distrito se llama "Media Services."
It absolutely happens. Remind me to tell you the story. Well, the facts as I watched them happening to a teacher.