Principal Threatens All Of Us With Firing

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about threats of firing: The new principal, taking his lead I guess, has regularly threatened to fire us at weekly meetings for things she doesn’t like.

I’m a new teacher in a small charter high school for at risk & under-served teens. During professional development, prior to school opening for the fall, the director of the overarching organization that runs this school told us he would fire all of us if we did certain things he didn’t like. The new principal, taking his lead I guess, has regularly threatened to fire us at weekly meetings for things she doesn’t like. She calls students “her babies” and sees problems as hurting her babies. I’m weary already of leadership that routinely threatens firing & reminds us we’re expendable and it’s a bad economy. It’s exhausting. It’s not motivating. Teaching is the most comprehensively difficult work I’ve ever done and group threat meetings don’t provide any motivation to do my job any better.

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