I don't talk much about it, but I really do have much to say about my place of work, the work I do and how it is doing it in another language and culture. Since I have to leave in about 15 minutes, I can't cover all of that in this post, but I'll leave you with two comments/observations:
1. --(and Mom-in-Israel's guest post reminded me of this)--Because I work in a school where the staff consists predominantly of charedi women, with an average age of about 25, there are many nursing mothers on the staff. Why is it that I have walked into my office to find women pumping several times already? Nobody bothers to ask me if it's okay and it's a total inconvenience for me. With so many young nursing women there, a comfortable designated room (not mine!) should be provided for them, don't you think? I'm going to try to say something to the administration, but I have a feeling the attitude will be, "Big deal, it's been okay until now, what's the problem?"
2. I respect these women who are totally committed to davening (praying) everyday. But when I am in a room with 5 severely handicapped children and I tell the very inexperienced assistant that I want her to observe me treating so that she knows what to do with the children, that doesn't mean she has a free half hour. I thought she went to get something and next thing I know she is earnestly davening, while four kids are sitting in their chairs or laying on the mattress doing nothing. (The other assistants were out with other kids and the teacher was absent). Is that okay? These kids cannot stimulate themselves, they need the adults in the room to do it for them. Is it okay to let them lay there for half an hour so she could pray? Shouldn't she do that before she comes to work?
Am I being to harsh here?
Have a nice day, all!
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