Bear with me while I have a quick rant!
I overheard a restaurant manager (white female) use the words "you people..." while addressing a group of staff (coloured and black men and women). I cringed involuntarily. It has to be the most innocuously demeaning phrase around & those who use it seem not to realise!
But, my rant is about another aspect of 'you people' ... the tendency we have to see issues as someone else's problem, outside of ourselves, having no accountability or inclination to "get my A into G and DO SOMETHING!".
We are beefing up Storm's CSI programme. The budget is not huge, but hey, we're offering to link a school to the Net, and work out how else we can add value to Educating PDI kids. We shortlisted 3 schools near our Cape Town office and called. Not one principal would take our call - we were asked to send the a fax. We faxed. No reply. A month later, we called again. One phone remains engaged, another the principal is not available, the 3rd he was heading out for the weekend (it is not even 3pm yet!) and fobbed us off by saying he could not comment and would need to refer to the Governing Body.
These are not wealthy schools. You'd think they'd gag at being offered resources?
How do we expect to improve the standard of education if the management seem more interested in their weekend away than in empowering their staff and kids!
I think an email to the local MEC for education is needed - anyone have the address?