I knew there were parents in Adventist churches who got themselves a seat on the school board just so they could use their influence to make sure their kids don’t get kicked out of school.
I also knew of parents who threatened legal action to get their kid reinstated in Adventist schools after having been thrown out.
I also know of parents who were remorseful for having sent their child to an SDA school in the first place when the student started talking about being baptized and who blamed the school for all the child’s subsequent life problems.
I know of parents like my mom who ironically worked in the local public school system to pay for us kids to stay in private Adventist schools even though she knew that some of the public school teachers were much better at their jobs than their Adventist counterparts.
And I know of teachers who have apologized later in life to their students for the what they’d put them through while in SDA schools, or who’ve alluded to their difficulties with situations similar to what The Police described in their song “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”.
IOW, while I know some people thrive in the environment, I understood even before reading the article that teaching in an SDA school isn’t easy.
So as a chronic, life long quitter whose worked in the automotive industry, wood manufacturing, construction, writing and sales, I’m probably not the right person to give career advice. But my suggestion to Adventist educators who think the road ahead looks rough and rutted, is to take a risk, quit that pot-holed track and get on the interstate!
I’m pretty sure you’ll find that in doing so, you’ve done yourself, and your students, a favor.
Unless, of course, it’s just too difficult to give up those yearly, two month long summer vacations with another two weeks at Christmas time…