Yesterday afternoon at two hours notice the class I teach at the Polytechnic was cancelled. The reason given? The administrative assistant who is supposed to open the department door was going home early. Was her mother dying? No. Her house burning down? No. Toothache? No. She simply had better things to do .
Her boss received her email to me and the students and failed to react. What could he have done? Perhaps he might have suggested we use a room in another department? Perhaps he might have asked why she had to leave early? But no. Nothing.
No consideration was shown for my students, most of whom make a special trip to attend my class. No respect was shown for me whom, I might add, works pro bono. Worst of all was the total lack of imagination of the administration, an administration which prides itself on being on the cutting edge of innovation(!). Don’t cancel the class at two hours notice, for God`s sake find a solution!
How very typical of Poland. Some petty administrator acting wholly self-interestedly destroys an opportunity for the greater good. Poland is a land of wasted opportunity and it simply does not learn, and, worse, I am not sure it cares. Here is the proof.