If you aren’t a drama student at John Burroughs High School, then you probably don’t know that Scott Bailey, my revered former teacher and director, has recently been reassigned to the English department, where the school administration probably believes he will stir up less trouble.
Except that I find fault with this decision, because in this case “trouble” involves introducing his students to Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Shakespeare and tolerance, among other things.
At a recent school board meeting, some of my fellow drama students as well as their parents spoke about the importance of keeping Bailey teaching drama. I would have been there myself, if I weren’t away at a university where I happen to be studying the very pieces of Western literature Bailey introduced me to in his drama class. Had I been able to speak at that school board meeting, this is what I would have said: