Such a simple idea. Yet the force that drives it is powerful. Some might say, too powerful. Why, you ask. Because everything depends on the balance of truth. When a simple moment is blown out of proportion, it can lead to catastrophic results. Truth or the lack thereof affects every judgment that has, or ever will be made. Our decisions are clouded by how much of the truth we really know. It really isn’t that much of a wonder that an innocent lie can worm its way into the core of balance, and by slightly upsetting the scales, ruin everything.
In Nothing But The Truth, both Philip Malloy and Miss Narwin’s life gets changed after the public begins to interfere with their dismal relationship. However, not all of what occurred was Philip’s and Miss Narwin’s fault. The lie Philip instilled into the system was nurtured and cared for by others, and it took a life of its own. The three biggest components (excluding Philip or Miss Narwin) of their jigsaw of problems were Philip’s parents, the School Administration, and Ted Griffen. These people are the biggest players of the game, because they had the power to use and the ability to administer it.
They should have taken more responsibility and instead of letting the situation run away and get out of hand, they should’ve contained it so that it wouldn’t explode in their faces. Philip’s parents had a huge influence on the outcome of the story. They were the driving force of Philip’s side. Without even thinking about both sides of the story, they automatically started a war-of-sorts against Miss Narwin. Philip’s parents should have listened to what Miss Narwin was saying. They should have paid more attention to the whole story, and should have kept a closer touch with Philip in general.
If they had been able to keep a closer eye on the situation, they might have been able to tone it down a bit. Philip’s parents also took their opinion too far. The fact that Philip got suspended simply for singing the national anthem is too unusual for that to be the whole story. Alerting the media and making it a huge deal was just overdoing things. The School Administration is another cause for the outcome. They ought to have stuck with Miss Narwin the whole way, because she was one of their teachers. They shouldn’t have let the world hate her for something that she didn’t do; they should’ve stood up for her because they knew the truth.
The administration was all talk and no work. They kept declaring how they couldn’t afford the budget to not pass, but they never tried to do anything about fixing the situation until it was too late. When the superintendent eventually confronted Ted Griffen, it was too late to change anything. If they had been more proactive instead of waiting for the outcome, they might have been able to alter the ending and maybe save the budget too. Although he might not seem important, Ted Griffen was a huge element of this escapade.
Because his only motive was to be on the board of education, he didn’t care what consequences would occur, and was willing to go to any extent to reach his goal. He manipulated the situation to his complete advantage. Since he knew that the public didn’t want to pay for the budget, he used the school’s dilemma as his campaign premise, and was able to hurl the situation out of control very easily. Because he appealed to the people’s needs, he could make feeble connections between the situations, and then draw on their agreement to give him votes.
Philip’s parents, the Administration, and Ted Griffen have a lot to account for. They were the dynamic influences, the people with opportunities to keep the situation in hand. As a result of bad judgment and planning, they caused Philip to eventually move to Washington Academy and for Miss Narwin to resign. Because they made the wrong the choices, and then the effects of their actions were truly revealed. They didn’t wield their power properly, and both Philip and Miss Narwin suffered.