I was under the impression that a forum by definition is a place where ideas and views on various subjects can be freely exchanged for the purpose of facilitating open discussion. This is in sharp contrast to the typical repressive school environment where potentially provocative unorthodox ideas are, more often than not, discouraged. From Day 1, I've noticed that educators tend to look inward for solutions to problems - instead of looking outside the schoolhouse to learn how experts in other fields resolve similar problems. In fact, there seems to be a general belief that schools are so different from other institutions that even discussing what goes on outside the bubble is like comparing apples with oranges and would be meaningless or a sheer waste of time. Student conduct in schools abroad, public vs. private schools, interviews in the private sector - forget it! What makes American public school culture so unique that any comparison to another entity is irrelevant? A recent thread in this forum included a discussion of morale boosters - something that has been studied extensively in the corporate world and used with great success by Fortune 500 companies. Sadly, few school administrators that I've worked with were concerned about improving low staff morale. Effective problem-solving often requires a willingness to look in the most unexpected places for practical solutions - yes, including outside the schoolhouse. I once had the privilege of participating in an intense doctoral program along with managers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, an HR director and administrators from both the public and private sectors - one highly-motivated individual even flew in from Hawaii every two weeks - it was an intimidating experience to say the least. The candidates worked for major hospitals, PG&E, PacBell, HP, a restaurant chain, Silicon Valley startups and a few school districts. I was fascinated by the stimulating, interdisciplinary seminar discussions and learned there's hardly anything that's unique to schools - there are universal principles and practices that can be applied to any setting to solve long-standing problems. Later, I went back to work in schools where I was able to experience first-hand what could be achieved by borrowing proven methods from other fields. Regardless of how comfortable or successful one's own workplace may be, participants in this forum should be cognizant of the needs of those who are seeking advice or suggestions for serious issues. We would like to think that our sage advice may help others who are struggling to survive, but unless one has actually worked in a dysfunctional school under toxic conditions, that advice may be of limited value. In fact, what has worked for you or me may not work for someone else, with all the unknown variables that may be involved. Ultimately, it's up to the OP to decide what course of action should be taken. So, should that decision be influenced by the number of responses for or against a particular unpopular minority viewpoint? I, for one, think that the contentious arguments that erupt here may actually tend to cloud issues that remain unresolved for the OP. Dismissive, flippant, one-line remarks serve no purpose, except to encourage others to follow suit. It's not important whether we agree or disagree with every response, based on limited personal experience or knowledge. Just because you may have a certain experience does not mean you have to argue against a different viewpoint that your don't agree with. It's also not important to see "eye to eye" on any given perspective or to debate an issue until we do. Gut or emotional responses aside, we should always make a sincere effort to put oneself in another's shoes before saying anything. I don't claim to have all the answers, and neither should anyone else. What is important is that everyone strive to promote a platform of open intellectual discourse that is conducive to helping each other learn new approaches to old problems - merely giving the same hackneyed advice in response to the same repeated issues suggests a need for change. You don't necessarily have to agree or disagree - just food for thought.