Ten things that irk me about
public education. No particular order.
1. Obfuscating school and district leaders
I had a brow furrowing, head shaking, jaw dropping "here
we go again" direct parental experience of perky and pleasant... administrative obfuscation (or was it outright lying
to widen her eyes and nod her smiling head as she listened to my concerns without telling me that two of my child's teachers
would not be there when school started, even though I directly asked about those classes?!). "Now you know that this
is a TENTATIVE schedule, correct?" she said. "Your children may see changes...." Oh yeah! Like
NOT EVEN HAVING THOSE CLASSES?!)
I truly was perplexed at her pushing "Dance"....
not just look at an involved (and supremely respectful) parent--me--and say something like this: "Ms. Werner, we know
how important these (certification earning! Governor Scott supported! College and CAREER ready, Missy!) electives
are to you and your children. We, too, regret losing two wonderful teachers. We will do everything
we can to find new teachers to lead those programs. Please be patient with us."?
Even this would at least have
been honest: "Start lookin' elsewhere, sweetheart. Ain't happenin' here."
Instead I was
led to believe that everything was "hunky" AND "dory"!
More stuff that irks me (obfuscation,
I think it's obvious now to you AND to "surprised-I-got-so-heated" me, is more than irksome to me. It just
makes me mad):
3. Obfuscating again...Oh, yeah and lying too.
4. Status quo
Politicians in general
6. Erik Fresen in particular
7. Jeb Bush too
Common Core/"Florida State Standards";...written with a whiny sneer. If I were speaking, my face would be contorted,
my voice would be annoyingly sing-song, and my neck would be twisting my head from side to side like a 2015 mean girl. "Hey
don't do that, woman! Sneers on YOU are unbecoming! You are NOT Donald Trump! You can't even do sarcasm
like Jeb Bush and he looks like a practiced, scripted "sarcastic" stiff! Give it up and give it up NOW!"
10. School choice--choices my community's families wouldn't make if our community's
schools were excellent, as we deserve. Wouldn't choose to eat up hours each morning and afternoon driving to and from
these choices we've made. Ha! There's you your family time! In a car! Not around a dinner table!
Oh yeah, she's preachin' now!
If I had a pulpit and if I had
me some "Amens!" I'd be spillin' the beans on all this public school "reform" nonsense. Why
don't ya'll come on down from up on high Tallahassee? Why don't ya'll come on over here to my house? I'll fill your
ear. Oh I got me some stories to tell! I got me a pile of lying principals stories! The latest just another!
Why I sat right there with her and spoke directly about my children's classes! Their teachers...
Ah, but she's just a squirt of the whipped cream! Not even close to that maraschino, cancer
causing, unnatural thing called a cherry on top. She's just another squirt. Another squirt... She's just another conspiring,
conniving, cover-upping squirt of public schools' "whipped cream. It looks good. 'specially with that neon cherry
on top. It sure looks good.
But, boy, it'll kill ya.
School Board Rule:Responsibilities and
Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's
name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will
reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.
School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless
of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual
roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to
create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and
the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional
judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical
"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."