Posts Tagged ‘reference check’


Tough Love

April 30, 2011

Let me just make it abundantly clear that I intended to write a “Mrs. Beck is creepy” post well before. Admittedly, I don’t know when you hatched your plan, but if your past history of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants blog posting is any indication, it was well, (WELL) before you hatched your plan for your latest post.

Damn you and your posting impetuousness or damn me for my deliberate posting ponderousness?

You make the call!

No, I take that back. I’ll make the call. I have a distinct feeling that I leave the call making up to you it will reflect poorly on me.

Damn you and your posting impetuousness.

Now, I don’t understand your concern about Mrs. Beck lack of checking references. Perhaps you don’t recall that on Lucy’s first night at Vilette, Mrs. Beck rifles through her belongings looking for any incriminating or illuminating materials to the character of Lucy Snowe. I don’t know about you, but that seemed like a pretty thorough “reference check” to me.

I also like Mrs. Beck’s “Tough Love” style of school administration. When the English teacher doesn’t show up to teach her most unruly students, Mrs. Beck decides this is the perfect way for Lucy to test her mettle as a teacher. But don’t worry, Mrs. Beck leaves her with these comforting words:

“‘You will not expect aid from me, or from any one,’ said Madame. ‘That would at once set you down as incompetent for your office.”

As Lucy made her way to the classroom, a montage of classic teacher-against the odds movies streamed through my head: Glenn Ford in The Blackboard Jungle, Sidney Poitier in To Sir, With Love, Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, and Michele Pfieffer in Dangerous Minds. A young teacher only with the hopes of making a difference being sent to swim with the sharks.

I don’t know whether it was when she tore apart young Blanche’s homework assignment to pieces in front of her eyes to demonstrate her power, or if it was when she locked unruly Delores into a closet for being a distraction in class, but after that I could not get Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” out of my head.

Apparently, Mrs. Beck’s “Tough Love” system has something of a trickle down effect.

Also, did they ever let Delores out of the closet!?!