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Annoying, condescending aphorisms used by school managers.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Jolly_Roger15, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    I just wondered if anyone had some choice examples, like the perennial 'work smarter, not harder'.

    Someone at my last school came up with 'there is no such thing as an unforeseen circumstance, just poor contingency planning'.
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  2. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Did you punch them in the face then say, "Poor contingency planning there, you should have ducked."
  3. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Blue sky thinking, Helicopter view
  4. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    We are here to help, the customer always comes first ( unless you have more important things to do that help make more money).
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  5. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    I wish i had had the bottle to do that, as this man had one of those plump, smug faces you just wanted to punch.
  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    My favourite post of the week!
  7. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    You just need to be creative to find a solution.
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  8. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Thinking outside the box. Doing more with less.
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  9. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    If I think outside the box, I might end up throwing students out of the window... that way I'd be able to do more with less. (Sorry, fewer!)
    Morgelyn likes this.
  10. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Getting more juice out of the orange.

    Signposted parents.
  11. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    About seven years ago I was involved in a general, friendly discussion about a change of GCSE text, when a DH said to me "Well, my dear..." He wasn't able to finish his sentence, because I interrupted and said "I am NOT your dear. Don't patronise me like that!" He never really liked me after that, but I never heard him call anyone else his "dear".
    Not quite what the OP asks about, but condescending none the less. (or fewer...@Cheesemongler, ;))
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  12. RepelloInimicum

    RepelloInimicum Lead commenter

  13. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    The priest of management speak shall say: "There's no 'I' in "Team""

    To which the congregation will reply: "But there's a 'U' in "F*** Off""
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  14. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    HT once brought Year B's report completion deadline forwards at short notice, overlapping the deadline for year A's reports. I queried this in a staff meeting, saying I was already very busy with Year A's, and was told in full condescension mode:

    "A blunter person than me would say you should be more organised"

    I wanted to respond "And a less polite person than me would say..." but I thought better of it.
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  15. afterdark

    afterdark Lead commenter


    on lesson observation.

    Despite meeting all the criteria for a good lesson being told that they want me to make it "tighter" . I.E. give the children less time for each part of the lesson so more could be squeeze in, despite the fact the children would learn the ideas significantly less well, just so some waszock can make himself look good by saying "I am squeezing more out of people (who were already doing a good job in the first place)".

    The person saying 'tighter' made twisting motions with his right hand when said tighter, he did not seem to be unaware that he was doing this unconscious tell.

    For anyone else faced with such human t.urd

  16. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    “Work smarter” was the most irksome retort when given another “tranche” of work.
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  17. mathsman

    mathsman Occasional commenter

    But there is a 'me'
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