Despite federal law giving teachers the right to know their students’ educational and disciplinary records, administrators cite confidentiality to keep teachers in the dark, writes Ms. Cornelius on A Shrewdness of Apes.
After one recent (unknown) incident, we were called into an impromptu faculty meeting to be told that something bad was going on and to ask to keep an ear out for rumors or information that could help in the administrators’ investigation. One brave soul actually asked “Look out for what?” The repeated response? “I can’t tell you due to confidentiality, but let me know if you see or hear anything about this incident.” Once again– what incident?
If high school teachers reported every rumor they heard, they’d have no time to do anything else, Ms. Cornelius writes.