Friday, June 11, 2010

Outrageous...

...and not in a rad, good, surfing kind of way.
Outrageous is what last night's School Board's and Superintendent's actions were at the school board meeting:  outrageous - as in, inciting outrage.

David was in the audience, with his peers and many others, prepared to speak. They were denied access to the democratic process.

You know that I don't cover politics here, generally, but I hope that the Superintendent and the school board are all fired from their jobs, and I'm suggesting it, here and elsewhere.

This is not the first horrendous trampling of the public's views and wishes that we have seen from them. They have forgotten who they were called, hired and elected to serve. Yes, serve, as in public service (and accountability).

Oh, our kids are getting a REAL education from this.
You can read about it here.

12 comments:

Truth Ferret said...

You're not alone with school boards that don't listen. We had a reverse problem here, but the result was the same. The School Board ignored the teachers who were willing to put their names and reputations on the dotted line. Check out my blog about Bullies and VISD.

As a person who has grown up through turmoil (protesting Viet Nam, closing of non-profit Half-way houses, etc.) when I've come away from these situation, I've grown stronger and more determined.

Some posters on the newspaper article have posted that the retired teacher should stay retired...they truly don't understand that a remarkable teacher is priceless and should be left in the classroom. New teachers are cheaply hired, and there's a good reason: They are not seasoned and bring only college experiences and not much life experience.

Why do I say this about teachers? I am a retired teacher who knows that when I started I sure didn't teach the way I did as the years rolled by.

Allegra Smith said...

When reason fails get the pitchforks and torches. These people are so incredibly arrogant as to be obnoxious. They are public "servants" as anyone whose salary is paid by and from our taxes. I remember the incredible battles with the school board here, people who do not have an understanding of their obligations towards the taxpayers but a clear vision of what we are obligated to do for them.

Vote them out. That is the only solution. Perhaps reaching for higher authority and publicizing this high and low may be the answer. What an example of "democrazy" as I call it have they left with the students!. Shame on them and their behaviour.

LeighSW said...

Wow! That is maddening. I hope the administration will be held accountable for their actions.

ChiTown Girl said...

Unbelievable! What a life lesson for these students. I'm proud of them for standing up for what they believe, even if the powers that be are mistreating them.

Elizabeth said...

Outrageous, indeed. I've started having to almost "zen" out when faced with the idiocy of school boards. My other coping tactic is to think, "it's a matter of literal low-IQ" -- I don't know why this helps me, but it does. Otherwise, we'd all go nuts.

drw@bainbridge.net said...

It's dreadful when schools and their officials teach the lessons we least want our children to hear; that the good teachers are released and the bad ones kept on long after their unfortunate influence on students is well documented and bitterly complained about. What I find in most cases -- on all sides of these issues -- is that money lies at the root of the problem. Yes, a new teacher is cheaper. But at what cost to the students? Perhaps some important wealthy person's child has just graduated with a degree in French and they are influencing the board?

So disturbing. Good for you for speaking up...

karen gerstenberger said...

I love these comments. Allegra, one of the other moms in the district just said "pitchforks and torches" to me today, and I thought of that scene in SHREK. =)

Lakeland Jo said...

We all have a line, and when its crossed- watch out! Good luck with your protests X

Karen said...

Both frustrating and discouraging--time for a letter to the editor campaign. Something tells me it's not over yet!

Kay said...

That is awful! Outrageous is right! Feel so bad about this whole situation. Keep us posted on things.

Love your new look btw. : )

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is just amazing Karen.
I am GLAD that David is witnessing this...democracy is not always a given...we have to fight for what is right at times.

Shannon, Kevin, Reegan, Greer and Brynnee-boo (aka Boozer) said...

Oh Karen- I will always say there isnt a more beautiful place than Seattle (home) in the sun! Your post has made me soooo homesick. Can't wait to visit family in July!