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An endangered species?Posted Thursday, February 14, 2008, at 4:31 PM
Remember when we referred to a person doing many jobs as wearing many hats?
Today we refer to it as multi-tasking.
During this era of dress codes, etc., how do we properly dress someone for complex multi-tasking today?
Hmmm. They must be able to referee some disputes. Should we give them the traditional black and white referee attire...but no whistle since blowing that whistle may upset someone?
Unfortunately, there is the safety factor to consider. Should they wear a hard hat or helmet? Of course wearing an armored vest under their clothing may send the wrong message or even be seen as promoting violence.
These people are expected to be absolute experts in their chosen field or fields even though they entered those field or fields with best intentions. But we must remember waaaay too many people know much more about it than them, even with no training or experience in those fields.
And they absolutely must fit the category of the so-called fashion police and not say even one word that can even remotely be twisted around to make it sound as if they are putting someone down.
Do you know any of these people?
It almost sounds like that somewhat endangered species we once referred to as teachers!!!
Do you long for the days when their job was to TEACH? This was before their job also included babysitting, before too many parents turned over the task of raising their kids to them and absaolutely tied their hands by forbidding them to correct or in any way attempt to discipline regardless of how arrogant or disruptive the little darlings may become in class or anything connected to our schools.
Was it so long ago that common sense was part of the equation? Do you remember when all people were expected to teach their kids to dress and act properly and respect others? Pride and self-respect cost nothing but first the desire must be there.
When we allowed common sense to be left out of the equation we took an extemely bad turn.
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.