Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Melancholy of Ma'am Kristine: Login-logout

Government is notorious for creating red tape. Being someone who works for two government agencies, I wasn't expecting to escape these unnecessary burdens. But really, my dear PLP administration, this takes the cake.

A memo was released that faculty members not only have to time in at the bundy clock, we also have to log in at the faculty room. And, it doesn't end there, the class officers of the class we're attending will also take note of the time we arrived.


Because, apparently, some teachers would time in at PLP, then leave the campus to teach at other schools. Now, I don't really mind this. Also, there are rumors about some teachers who ask co-teachers to time in for them. Being the person who does neither, I'm not really bothered by this minor inconvenience, but in my humble opinion, I think it's incredibly pointless and impractical. Now, if I'm just being stubborn or difficult, you're free to correct my opinions.

1. If these people had the gall to cheat the bundy clock, then they would have the gall to cheat the logs. If there's a will, there's a way. Increasing the number of steps only increases the number of steps to violate. Red tape does not create discipline. You're just making it more difficult for those who aren't even cheating. It's easy to ask someone to sign in for you just as it's easy to ask someone to time in for you. And, we're teachers, for crying out loud! If we wanted to cheat the log the students have, we could easily threaten them with our authority. You're just giving the students unnecessary grief. Which takes me to point two.

2. This is a problem of the faculty and administration, not the students. Don't get the kids involved. It will just create new possibilities for conflict between teachers and their students. Either side could abuse the log. A student with a grudge can mark their teacher late. A teacher could easily force a student to mark him or her to be on time.

3. The processing of salaries are slow enough as it is. The logs just create more confusion in the calculation of the salaries. More confusion means slower processing. Remember how we didn't get our salary for November until late January? Prepare to wait even longer if this takes effect.

I can think of more reasons to protest this, most of which come from how it was implemented, how little (read: no) consultation was done and how poorly information was disseminated, but I'll keep it to these three. Personally, I don't think the problem can be solved this way. I think this is more a problem of poor relations between the administration and the faculty. Also, this is a problem of politics and status quo. A person who is aware of cheating cannot tell on his or her co-teachers because of fear of being treated like a traitor. There is no incentive for honest, as well. The administration, instead of sanctioning the majority for the sins of the few, should provide incentives for consistency in performance, instead. This just creates resentment.

And, really, do we need even more of that, right now?

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