I had a lot of fun this past weekend, but in between time spent at parties, bike riding, going to Church and bowling, I seriously spent a lot of time grading, planning and getting ready for a good week of school. And you know what? I was ready.
Just before school started, though, catastrophe struck. A small fire developed in one of the lighting fixtures on the second floor of the building. Worse, it was the second fire we have had in the building since school started. It was much like the other fire.
After the fire was put out, we quickly evacuated the building. Director Bill made the decision to send the children home until the problem is fixed.
How does this happen? Here is where it gets frustrating. The same people who “fixed” the problem two weeks ago were there again in force to “fix” the problem again. Undoubtedly, and predictably, at some point they will declare that the problem is the fault of the tenants, and they have done everything correctly. Does it matter that their hardware is shocklingly inadequate, or that their workmanship is rubbish? Does it matter that they didn’t fix it correctly the first time? No!
And worse, there is no regard for the safety of students or staff. It appears these people want something for nothing. There is no society anywhere that would say what they are doing is OK. It is not. Their ethics are not Kazakh. I refuse to believe that any culture would foster this sort of unethical money-grubbing self-centered incompetence. What these people are doing is shameful.
What is happening reminds me of the importance of rule of law. Bureaucracies can be frustrating and difficult, but they can serve a purpose. These people need to be investigated for their conduct. In the meantime, while they try and make money at any costs, there are scores of students and teachers who are prevented from doing what they do best – learning to make the world a better place.