I’ve been reading some rather disturbing posts by people on Facebook regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement, and, I just cannot keep my mouth shut anymore. The folks down on Occupy Wall Street are fighting for a cause that the believe in. They’re not expecting hand outs, they’re expecting to do their jobs well, and get the appropriate compensation. Is that too much to ask? Really? This isn’t, nor should it be a Republican vs. Democrat issue…when you get down to it, it’s about money. And it REALLY irks me when I see teachers, law enforcement folk, government folk, or any other union person, condemning the OWS movements. Here’s a clue, they’re fighting to protect your jobs, your hard work, your paychecks. Think about that before you propagate hate speech for the OWS people.
But, the bottom line is thus – nothing is going to get accomplished until everyone can listen to each other, learn from each other, and work with one another. We’re the United States of America, we should not be fighting each other – we’re better than that.
Perhaps we SHOULD REMEMBER THIS –
“And that isn’t the purpose of government. The purpose of government is exactly the opposite. The purpose of government is to protect our liberties.” – RON PAUL
Perhaps if we all stopped trying to beat each other for a moment, we could ACTUALLY GET SOMEWHERE.
So, during Superintendent Conference Day, the faculty was asked to “listen” to students when they get out of hand, rather than “reprimand”. We are to “ignore” outbursts.
SO…if a child decides to tell you to “F*#k off,” you are to ask the child, “Now, why did you say that? Can’t we think of something nicer to say?”
Oh my, my, my….
The disaster district strikes again.
- They excess 27 Faculty members, (to save money)
- They cut after school activities budgets, (to save money)
- They do not let substitutes start working until two weeks into the school year, (to save money)
- They install a state of the art finger print scanner when faculty and staff sign into the building at 6,000 a piece to….to…to…(TO DO WHAT EXACTLY?)
A 35-year-old arts program.
A program that has given countless students an outlet, a new look on life, and, the passion and the drive in the careers that they hold now.
It is a program that was built with love, care, and the type of dedication that people DO NOT HAVE ANYMORE.
And what happens when the Administrative Sharks sink their teeth into the program?
Well, it is very reminiscent of Jaws.
…and The Letter of Doom, Gloom, and Utter Insanity…
….We’re DOWN, we’re BLEEDING, and you kick us in the GUT…
Not ONLY did they give the community false hope of keeping the program alive WITH THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION, (in phone conversations, letters, and Board of Education meetings), they also decided to completely bypass the creator of the program, and not involve him the hiring process. They decided to flex their administrative muscles, and show that, they do not actually have to listen to recommended advice. Rather than hire the people that would benefit the STUDENTS and THE PROGRAM, they just did whatever made them happy. Just. For. Shits. AND. GIGGLES.
Can you spell I-D-I-O-T-S? Because dear friends, I don’t believe these sharks can.
May I refer you to The Letter of Doom, Gloom, and utter INSANITY.
Two colleagues of mine, were unable to attend the “informal interview”, due to, oh, I don’t know…SUMMER VACATION PLANS. They rescheduled for the following week. These are substitutes that have been with the district for years. These are substitutes that have NEVER complained, NEVER vented, two substitutes that the students adore, admire, and RESPECT.
Today, they received a phone call from middle administration, telling them that they would not be getting their jobs up. According to Principal X, “The Superintendents would like fresh faces in the schools.”
THANKS SO MUCH.
Just when I thought I couldn’t be anymore disgusted than I already am….this happens.
Sub B and D you’re wonderful. You’re fantastic. Just know that, some things, are a blessing in disguise.
(We use the word substitute because it will take too much ink and money to actually spell out your last name)
It is now August, and we hope your summer was good. Even though we, as an administration, never acknowledged your hard work all year, left you out of the long list of “thank-you’s” that we gave to the entire faculty AND STAFF of the whole building at the end of the year meeting, we’re writing to you now.
We are writing to you, now, at the beginning of August for a very specific reason.
Even though you have worked for our district for the past three years, even though you have been walked on, and underappreciated, and have been treated as though you are an insignificant fly on the wall of the school, we are mandating that you come in for an interview.
Bring your portfolio. Wear your best shoes. And be prepared to beg for your job back.
It makes us happy to see you squirm.
Must. Visit. NYCATR. Now. Quick. DO IT. CLICK IT.
Kudos to you ATR!