The first full week of school, the weather was unseasonably warm -- 80 and 90 degree weather in Seattle in September is well above average. Our school has huge windows that soak in the heat and a heating/cooling system that is always being worked on, so we opened the windows.
Wasps began flying in and because we have enough bee sting allergies and the like, I was concerned.
The custodian was sympathetic, but he can't use any sprays at school. We really can't do anything about it.
And this is my point: all these decisions are made in buildings far away from me. When I want the temperature in my room changed, I call up the custodian who calls someone else who sits in front of a computer and changes the number in the computer. This often has no impact whatsoever on the actual temperature in my room.
I understand in theory why we can't spray wasps, but that doesn't help the little girl with the swelling finger.
There are so many decisions that I feel like I could influence before, but now I feel like they just want us to stop complaining. "They" always have a reason for their policy, but they don't know my students or my work environment.
It's time for the pendulum to swing back.