A Perception of Case Study of “Amanda Jackson”
Child, Family & Society (SOC312)
Instructor: Sharon Methvin
September 14, 2010
Amanda Jackson is new to the teaching field and new to her school which is very “popular for visitors to the district” to visit and maintains their “high academic standards” within the school district. Amanda finds the wit of the principal makes her uneasy because she is unsure whether the principal is serious or joking. She finds herself hiding from the principal like a schoolgirl and wishing she wasn’t around when she needs to visit the main office. Amanda is concerned because the principal is never spoken of in jest or in a negative light. The teachers speak only of her positive contributions to the school and her ability to make sure teachers and students have what they need from the district office “Bartlett Street”. Amanda becomes more concerned when she notices a faint smell of alcohol on the breath of the principal after she returns from “Bartlett Street” and she is unsure if she should comment on it. After speaking with a close friend about the situation Amanda has her suspicions confirmed that the principal indulges in alcoholic beverages and it is a “well kept open secret” within the school district amongst administrators, teachers and parents. With her suspicions confirmed Amanda is more sensitive to the principals drinking and now has to deal with the principal wanting to take a child from school to home. Amanda stands up for the child’s safety, but is met with firm determination from the principal.
Amanda is caught in the middle of a not so difficult situation because the safety of the child is first priority. Amanda should insist that she be the responsible adult to take the child home. She should talk to the principal in confidence about her condition being unsteady and slurring of her words. She should tread carefully not to use an accusing tone; however, get her point across clearly that the principal is...