Being a superintendent is not easy.  Many people think if you are the boss, you just tell people what to do and it gets done. Yet they never do all that their boss asks them to do?  So why would they think other people would act differently?

Being a superintendent or any boss really, means that for every decision you make, someone is going to fight you over it… You order vanilla; someone thinks it should be strawberry… You pay $80,000; someone thinks it should be $50,000.. and so on.

There is a very bad tendency to rate people on how well they are liked, and not on what they accomplish.   This is a giant American problem; not one found in just one district, of just one state….  No.  Measuring how someone is liked is good for movie stars because it translates into movie tickets… But measuring an executive for anything other than what he get done, is superficial… Often a brusque conversation can give great results. Amazing results.  But we hear only “how rude.”  The results coming from that “rude” moment never hit the radar.

As Americans with gadgets, we for the most part have become intellectually lazy.. When something pops upon our screen, we as if inside a video game, make a decision immediately and move on to the next one… In other words our internal world, a very dangerous place, is in the process of restructuring our physical world into its own self image…

We think Immigrants are rapist as stated by Donald Trump?  We never ever again challenge ourselves otherwise to see if it is true… It is. because we think it…

This is nothing short of psychosis.  Many of you growing up under the threat of LSD (what a joke) were warned of people thinking they could fly and throwing themselves off of buildings.  Or, my favorite, thinking the blue flame on the stove was a flower and sticking their nose into its heart to smell the nectar..  Those are blatant forms for psychosis, which in a very loose general definition, would probably mean steadfastly believing something inside your head is true because after all, it wouldn’t be in your head if it wasn’t true….

Lazy people never challenge themselves.

And that is what is happening to Dr. Freeman.  The phrase:  “I’m offended” should always be responded to with:  “Good, it’s about time someone told you the truth…”   Being offended is part of life.  It is like open carry. If everyone has their gun out in the open, no one is going to try to pull their gun out and shoot someone first.  If I offend you, it is because you are a douchebag… Pure and Simple.  You need being offended. On the other hand, if I feel offended, I seriously have to look and see if I am a douchebag, or if I play one on TV, or if the person making the claim has any ground to make such a claim.  And occasionally I’ll learn something new from that experience…

But for someone who is a douchebag, to respond to a true characterization of his personality with the words:  “I’m offended.” and then take action against the person speaking truth, as we did back when duels were fought over alleged breeches of honor, sets civilization backwards by centuries.

Even allowing dismissal over alleged slights or slants, creates stalemate and chaos.  For all one has to do to stop a very effective leader, is say they don’t like them… One doesn’t even need to say why… I don’t like him, and leave it at that, smears a very good person when all know the reason the person not liking him doesn’t like him, is because they want his spot.

If we would just make it a point of automatically firing the accused and the accuser every time there was a flash in the pan, instead of taking sides, flashes in the pan would cease to be an issue.  What’s the point of accusing for personal gain, if you lose big?

Now for those of you skimming, this article is not about Mr. Freeman or the Christina Board. They are being used theoretically to illustrate a bigger moral point.   Seriously, this is important stuff; you shouldn’t skim.

But when Christina needed a strong superintendent they got one in Dr. Freeman.  Him and the board became one against Governor Markell, against Race To The Top, against the buying of an school board election; against Common Core, against the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

When Hollodick folded.. Freeman did not… When Merv folded… Freeman did not.  When Appo folded… Freeman did not..

And that is his legacy.. The students come first… not as a political slogan spouted by Heffernan, Markell and Murphy. We can tell political slogans by the actions behind the words… When you say student come first but all your work is to bolster business takeover of publc schools, you cannot be taken seriously…

But when you say students come first, and you fight the business takeover of public schools, you are a man to be trusted…

And anytime one is removed for personality reasons… it is always, always, always, always, always, corporate behind it.. Forget that everyone loved him.  It takes just one person in today’s age where we only judge by how well like we are, to say they don’t like him, to overrule years of solid good works…

Good works last, long after Freeman is gone and some corporate douchebag is put in his place…

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