"You don't want grown men behaving badly," my assistant principal recommended. He was referring to last night's Staff vs. Seniors basketball game I helped to coordinate. We had been talking about our belief that we had a chance to win the game.
He advised, "You show them that you can win, and then you let them win."
The statement shows the deep contrast in educationl philosophy that exists within the world of education. He cares deeply for our students; he wants them to succeed. In his mind, allowing the students to experience success on the court is showing that care.
To me, and others, actually beating them offers an equally valuable lesson in caring. We care about you so much, we won't just give you success; you have to earn it.
In the end, we staff members dominated much of the first half. Then our tired legs gave way to youthful legs and the seniors won going away. I blame myself as player coach--or maybe, I subconsciously gave in to my assitant principal.
More importantly, we raised over $800 for our yearbook and succeeded once again in bringing a largely segregated student body together for a fun time--even if it was at the expense of my two missed layups and wild airball from behind the three point arc.