Water Is Wide

The Water Is Wide
Structural Frame
The structural frame of Bolman and Deal illustrates that with the right formal arrangement,
issues within an organization might be minimized and performance will be maximized.   Roles and relationships are well thought-out in order to maintain an planned and well performing organization. These are the goals, specialized roles and formal relationships. Division of labor, rules, policies, procedures and hierarchies also fall into this frame..
In The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy speaks a great deal about the structural frame, which is
the policies and procedures, of the Yamacraw school and Beufort school system. This is a system of rules and regulations set forth for many years that must be carried through. Teachers are expected to come to work their job and go home. There seems to be an idea that “if isn’t broke then it doesn’t need to be fixed”. The education rule of the island, set by the district administration, is to ensure the children are provided with a sort of education, any education, but anything beyond what is required is too much to ask from an administration that rarely visits the island.
Conroy is unable to bring many things to students of this secluded town so he has ideas of
bringing the world to the children through education. He has a very creative and unique nature of teaching. He adapts to the students in order to help guide them through an understanding of a world they have never experienced, a world off the island. Mr. Conroy’s teachings enrage Mrs. Brown, Yamacraw principal. Mrs. Brown believes that rules are made to be followed and reminds Mr. Conroy constantly that if he is there to do a job. She believes the job is to keep

Mr. Piedmont happy. Chapter three of The Water is Wide begins “The school library would have been funny if it had not been such a tragic commentary on administrative inefficiency and stupidity. Each day we had a half-hour reading period.” being stupid...