The "Reality" of the Principal's OfcOkay, just so you all know...I have a weakness for crime shows, but only the real kind.  Or somewhat...

The "Reality" of the Principal's Ofc

Okay, just so you all know...I have a weakness for crime shows, but only the real kind.  Or somewhat real.

Anyway, thought I'd tell you about a new show on Court TV (now Tru TV....motto, "Not Reality.  Actuality."  Anyone want to have a go at the rhetoric/semantics of that one?)

The show is called "The Principal's Office."  It premiers next Thurs, August 21.  We get to see, apparently, what various principals go through and the assorted kids caught in his net.

Personally, I was only caught once.  I did not fink on my friends.  I am still proud of that. 

A good time to be had by all, I'm sure.  I'm going to check it out, once, at least.   



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engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You said it, Linda. With all the privacy acts and clauses that districts deal with daily, one has to wonder what kind of payment was made to those "offenders" who were filmed in the principal's office...

What's more, where were the parents in all this? Who rightfully wants their child's disciplinary session broadcast for the world to see? Maybe names aren't used or faces aren't shown, but even so, everybody knows everybody within certain schools, and it isn't that hard to figure out whose haircut, or shoes, or bracelets are being seen in front of the administrator's desk. The whole thing sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

 It's a lot like Mtv2's "High School Stories," where pranks, scandals, and controversies within high schools are documented. The only positive effect that such a show really has is displaying the sometimes harsh consequences of being a delinquent. That said, I'm still addicted nonetheless.

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
On the converse side of #8, some principals will be better motivated to follow the ethics and teachings that they know they should be adhering to if they have a camera in the office. Granted, they should follow proper protocol all the time if they're professionals, but surveillance in this case could prove to be an asset. Likewise, it could also be detrimental; principals will undoubtedly become more apprehensive about harsh penalties handed to students of different races, as they may fear "official" retribution from the groups involved.
amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What's next?  A show about what "really" goes on in the boys' room?  Smoking, aside, that is...(I am reminded of the song, which I am sure dates me).

The show sounds interesting, but how much of it is really true?  I am always so belief is that much of the "real" TV on television is scripted.  Of course, my husband is addicted to all things "reality", so I'm sure I'll see the show at least once.

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My concern with a show like this is that it will continue to strip power from the office of the principal.  So often today, the public (specifically parents) are wielding power to challenge the rules of the school when their children misbehave or fail to complete their work.  I would hate for others to see this and get the idea that school policies are really just "guidelines" and that arguing will get their kids off free.

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow.  You guys put lots more thought into this than I did. 

In reply to lind and chris's points, I often wonder the same thing about "Cops."  I guess the same flavor of people willing to be seen shirtless and intoxicated are willing to give permission for their little felonious off-spring to be filmed.

I'll watch once to see how deftly or clumsily they handle the show. 

mrerick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For a guy like me that has the administration masters, it sounds like a show made to be a sounding board.  I worry that shows like this become a place where the worst case scenario can be played out on dramatized TV for the world to get angry about.  I hope not because it would really downplay the efforts made by good adminstrators across the nation.

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ooooo, sounds like a neat show!  I'm addicted to Tru TV and ID (Investigation Discovery).  This principal show ought to be really interesting!

LOL about not "finking" on your friends!  I never got called to the principal's office...just the thought of going scared me to DEATH.


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How interesting!  There are few shows about education.  Most people don't seem to care.  Have you noticed that until Glee, there really was no show about the daily life of a school?  I would not really consider Glee a realistic portrayal, but most people really have no idea!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not too much thought. I just know that my school got in trouble last year for using student photos on our own web page without first getting releases from those students' parents. We can't use pictures, but "True TV" can film in the principal's office? Go figure.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I wonder how many releases and nonliability contracts they had to sign for this show. I envision lots of lawsuits over this show!