Gosh it’s been how many years since I sat in the principals office and got a butt chewing; today I felt like I was back in school seating in the chair in front of Principal Chester Dickerson.
I was accused of having a negative blog, not caring about the schools, particularly the high from a Laurel school administrator. This person doesn’t follow my blog, but from my understanding someone showed this person one post from the blog, regarding my comment about sex education 101 in the LHS District.
My comments about an open forum, the right to speak, and what I thought were good comments were said to deaf ears as repeatedly I was by my blog I was bringing down the school system, and partly responsible for the moral; Really?
I was told I didn’t know the facts; well maybe, but then those employed by the school and the parents who commented complaining apparently don’t know what is going on in school and with their kids? Again Really?
I was criticized last week by a principal saying I was wrong about the state test; bang, comments began coming in backing my comments from parents and a teacher. Maybe I don’t know the facts, but my readers do.
Because someone is critical does not mean they do not care; maybe they are frustrated because they see the job not being done correctly, they are hurt seeing their community/schools struggling. I hated it during the Bush administration if you didn’t support his wars you were anti-American, like you can’t have another view.
This person like many school administrators thought the answer to our funding problems was to ask the state for more money; not the answer. Even me as a Democrat knows that’s not the answer. First as I stated earlier we ain’t gonna get it.
If we are negative it’s because that’s my position; some negative comments I have agreed with. If I am up on a topic, it is because that’s what I believe in.
I do know one thing I have over this administrator; I pay school, county and state taxes. This person lives in Maryland.
As my profile states, I come from the school of hard knocks. My growing up in the journalism trade came when editors met in the mornings to determine the day’s news in a smoke-filled room with hard whiskey, (for the record I didn’t partake, just inhaled the smoke and smell of liquor) and didn’t care who was a power house, right was right wrong was wrong. They reported the facts, true facts and that’s where I come from. Today’s journalists couldn’t carry their cigars. My column in the Star, “Frankly Speaking” means exactly that.
So what you sees is what you gets. This blog recorded over 1,500 hits for 3 straight days with 55 comments last week. When Dr. McCoy was relieved this blog averaged 3,500 hits for 3 straight days. This proves to me people do care about their schools and are as concerned and frustrated as I am.
Students have been leaving this district for the past 15 years, what transpired last week did not happen overnight. We have had poor leadership at the top for over a decade; when we had someone who could have made a difference, (McCoy) the school board, so use to running the district with the previous administrator, wanted to continue that tradition; and here we are today. I’m supposed to be supported of that type of leadership?
We have as any other school, excellent, good, sub-standard teachers and administrators. I don’t just think we have too many administrators, the Dept. of Ed says so, and they should know because they are top-heavy as well. I’m upset good teachers were let go to balance the deficit and the top-heavy administration was untouched.
I do not sensationalize as one commenter suggested to gain readers. If you don’t like what you read, do what I do when I watch FOX News, flip to something that suits you.
As always I allow all comments with the exception of personal attacks to be printed on this blog, whether they agree or disagree with me. Many blogs and talk shows cut people off if they disagree with their comments. People need to hear both sides, sometimes they change my view, not this time.
I believe that is why this blog is always ontop of the news and one of the most popular with World Press. We rated very high with them last year.