One of my favorite Bushisms of all time is :
“Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again”
Of course it SHOULD have been :
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”
It was an age old saying that came back to my mind after Mr. Wray’s insistence that our first year of IB results had been exceptional.
Fool Me Once
When I first received the school newsletter, I hastened to see the break down for our IB results following what we’d heard from the school. I immediately noticed the rather obvious omission of three data points of comparison.
I initially gave the school the benefit of the doubt on potential motives for this omission. It could easily have been a simple mistake of not having compiled that data initially.
Fool Me Twice
When the highly graphical but low on content school Annual Report came out, I was flicking through the glossy pages when the same omission popped out at me. It was the second time these results had been omitted.
It seemed a rather obvious omission given the large area it covers. Even if it had been a mistake initially, surely the school would double check it’s ‘Annual Report’ before printing such an important document.
Fool Me Again
The same glaring omission was again present on a notice board in the hall at the bark left. This was something that I noticed when entering and leaving the hall for my various exams.
Shame On You
These rather questionable occurrences beg one simple question.
Why were these result left out?
At best, it could be assumed that the school simply forgot to add them in. However, this seems rather unlikely given the numerous times this has occurred and the vital importance of the documents involved where there simply isn’t room for one mistake, let alone multiple times.
If this is true, there appears sadly to be only one alternative : That the results were left out intentionally. That is a worrying occurrence, particularly if it was intended to make the school look good. Whilst, understandable to want to put the best foot forward, the obvious missing of these results, in particular when the 08 results are provided and shows the 09 results in better light.
It’s little surprise that the school may want to keep such results under wrap to make this years IB results look better, however not only does it set a bad precedence, it will only postpone the inevitable need to examine our IB policy. Hopefully the school will finally come clean on this issue and divulge the missing results.