I wasn’t able to go to the Parents’ Workshop at Huntsville High tonight, but it seems that all questions had to be vetted. Walk in, write your questions on a card (as is the Huntsville Council of PTAs practice if you remember from last summer’s Demographer’s meetings that they also sponsored), listen to a Pearson Pep Rally–complete with questionable mathematical claims of a network that runs at 100+%–and leave quietly grateful to have been allowed to bask in the glory of PEARSON [cue the Choirs].
One hour out of a mere seven, wasted. Nothing substantial learned: just more of the same propaganda.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The district is nothing if not repetitive in their approach to dealing with the public.
I wasn’t able to attend the meeting (it’s not my feeder anyway). I instead attended my daughter’s PTA Open House at Mt. Gap. The atmosphere here was much more helpful.
Rather than attempting to manipulate and control parents, this open house was characterized by a love of education, questions and seeking the truth.
The meeting was a bit long. The gym was crowded (as it wasn’t designed to hold both the Elementary and Middle schools at the same time–just one of the many questions that Dr. Wardynski never actually answered when he was last on the campus to meet parents) and a bit warm.
And yet the atmosphere was one where people were ready to help one another.
All in all, I’m sure that I learned much more about our schools by attending this meeting rather than the one organized and run by the Superintendent at Huntsville High School.
Plus, rather than having to put up with more of the Superintendent’s self-praise, I instead got to see something truly amazing.
As I was leaving tonight at about 8:00pm, I saw two of my favorite teachers, both with more than 25 years in the system, trying to help parents to understand and make the best of the digital transition. These are those “expensive” teachers that the superintendent and the board like to complain about. They represent the demographic that should be having the greatest difficulty with the transition. Their parents didn’t understand some of the logistics of logging onto the site, and there they were, doing what teachers always do: teaching.
After a 14 hour day spent educating children, making sure that they are safe, engaged, fed, watered and run in the process, these two teachers were standing, talking to parents, answering their questions, helping them make the best of a horrific situation that has been forced upon them by the Superintendent and PEARSON [cue the Choirs].
It’s simple. These teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, staff and volunteers love our kids, love our schools, love our town, and love education.
Even when they’re dead on their feet.
They were doing what teachers do; they were doing what teachers always do (including their sisters and brothers in Chicago): They were helping others understand things they couldn’t understand on their own.
These are our true heroes in our town. If Dr. Wardynski cared about education, he would quit spouting his same propaganda and listen to his teachers for a change and say thank you. Because of their love for our kids, they have dedicated themselves to making the best of this impossible situation. Not because he’s threatening them (which he is), but rather because that’s what teachers do: They adapt to the situation and find a way to teach.
Brilliant heroes, everyone. Dr. Wardynski has no idea what an amazing resource our teachers are. His loss.
Thank you isn’t sufficient.
All day and night long they stand for our children. For this, we stand for them.