Who is Pandora? (Part 1)
Perhaps you have seen the swan in our recently featured cartoons. It’s time for us to share some of her story because she will be making regular appearances at Failing Schools. Pandora the swan is a conscientious teacher at Cranford Beaksley Elementary. This urban school is under the supervision of a certain Gander Honklin. Beaksley is a school with (gasp!) low scores on standardized tests and this fact seems to have become its defining trait, despite all of its other qualities. Pandora is therefore often frustrated by an ongoing struggle to find balance between the many superficial demands of her job and the greater, more important, needs of her students.
In her work she often encounters other birds who do not truly have small birds’ best interests at heart. Thus, this intelligent and insightful bird frequently finds reason to verge into cynicism. Like other (misleadingly-named) Mute Swans, she may hiss or snort when annoyed or even launch into shrill aggressive trumpeting. However, at her core she is an optimistic, hopeful idealist and she always finds a way to dust her feathers off, smooth them back into place, and regain her composure. Perhaps you will recognize a little of Pandora in yourself, or someone you know. We are interested in hearing any of your Pandora-like scenarios. Maybe we’ll even present one : )