Are racist Worcester teachers to blame for the poor performance of their students of color? Most people would say, “No, of course not. What kind of stupid question is that? But many who attended last night DOJ meeting on racism in the WPS think that the answer is “Yes, of course.”
So who are these people? Because at Turtleboy Sports, we like to consider the source when writing a story. If we don’t know who you are, then we don’t know anything about your background or your perspective. And one comment in particular, which was published in the initial article from Masslive.com, sparked our interest:
“With a little more diversity, they’d be more understanding of their students,” said Wanda Alvarado-Eaton, a grandmother of children in Worcester schools.
Now this Turtleboy was not the author of last night’s blog. I have an early bed time myself, since I’m responsible for getting my 9 and 7 year olds onto the school bus in the morning. I did read what that Turtleboy wrote, and I thought they did a good job making their point. But I wanted to know more about the people that were quoted in the story. Perhaps there is something I can learn that can help me understand the error of my ways. Perhaps these are reasonable people and the white teachers of the WPS are really the reason that their students struggle.
The name Wanda Alvarado-Eaton sounded familiar. Then I realized that about two weeks ago we suddenly got a new commenter whose caps lock is apparently broken. It literally hurt your brain reading her long winded, one sentence diatribes. Yet it was like a bad car accident that you couldn’t look away from. Wanda was the woman making the comments. Let’s check out what she’s all about.
Well first of all, she’s a 49 year old grandmother whose granddaughter just graduated from North High school. Perfectly normal. Obviously this woman is in a position to lecture teachers about what THEY are doing wrong.
And everyone knows that the biggest influence in a child’s life is the race of their teacher’s. It has NOTHING to do with the home they were raised in, or the manner in which the adults around them conduct themselves. Setting a good example can’t POSSIBLY have an effect on a child’s upbringing. The only thing that matters is the race of the teachers. That’s why it’s perfectly normal for a grandmother to be writing things like this on Facebook:
Oh good. Grandma going to the clubs and looking for places to blaze. What could possibly go wrong?
Sweet pants Wanda.“With a little more diversity, they’d be more understanding of their students.” That’s all I can think of when I look at those pants.
I wasn’t aware that the kingdom of Mary Jane had a monarchy. Now I know. For the record, there’s nothing wrong with weed. It should be legal because this is America and if you wanna roll up a plant and smoke it you should be able to. With that said, it’s probably best to keep it off of social media, especially when you have an open page that your grandkids can see. But I probably think that because I’m a big fat racist who thinks teachers do a good job. Clearly I should have an album on Facebook like this:
Honestly though, Wanda looks like way more fun than my Grandma. I’d actually like to hang out with her because it looks like tons of fun adventures!!
Stop the fight!!!! Please, stop everything you’re doing and let me know where I can get these pajamas. I can’t live another day without them.
Hey Grandma Wanda, how old were you when you first started blazing?
Oh OK. Well I’m 13, so obviously it’s OK to do then. After all, since my grandmother posts about how it’s cool to smoke weed when you’re 11 years old, clearly there’s nothing wrong with it. But don’t forget, when a student struggles or acts out, it’s the TEACHER’s fault for not “understanding” what it’s like to be a student of color.
What’s up with the middle finger thing? Why is it so cool to be a hardo these days? Can’t we all just smile and get along?
Anyway, let’s see what she had to say today about the teachers…
“We can’t continue to cater to a population that doesn’t live here. They leave at 5 PM to go home. Then there’s Worcester just saying.”
Oh I see. So the teachers who get to school every day before 7 and leave at 5, aren’t doing enough for your precious children and grandchildren Wanda? A 10 hour work day, followed by correcting and lesson planning doesn’t fit your high standards? Funny, because I’ve gone back MONTHS on Wanda’s Facebook page and not once have I seen a reference to a job, a coworker, being sick and having to miss work, or ANY sort of evidence that Wanda is employed. As a matter of fact, she often states that she can’t seem to find a way to scrounge up the cash for weed money:
I’m not saying she’s NOT employed, but I’d love to hear from her about where she works, and how many hours per week her workload is. Because she posts more often than Tracy Novick. Perhaps if her loved ones are struggling in school, she can spend a little less time on the Internet posting pictures of the club life, and maybe a little time helping them with their homework. Nah, fuck that. Let’s just blame the teachers and their easy 70 hour work weeks.
Oh yea, and I know growing up that I wasn’t the best student in the world. I guess my Mom didn’t threaten to kick the shit out of people on social media enough:
Yea you kids!! Get off of my stoop!!! My Mom never said that enough growing up. She also never threatened to kick the shit out of other kid’s Moms for sitting on said stoop. I wish I grew up under the guidance of someone who could command this sort of respect around the neighborhood.
She also subscribes to the Adrian Peterson school of discipline in regards to her grandkids:
It’s perfectly normal to grow up in a house where the police get called to your because your grandma smacks you and then tells the cops to “take your ass wit them.” Solid grandparenting right there. All my grandma did was buy me clothes I didn’t want. #RealTalk
Wanda also serves on the housing tenants committee of the public housing that she lives in. However, this is problematic because WHA president Ray Mariano is forcing all tenants in public housing to (gasp) work 20 hours a week. Crazy right? Living in a taxpayer subsidized apartment and having to do work at the same time? What is this country coming to?
“Harassing the tenants.” That’s what we call it when we tell you to get a job or find an apartment that isn’t subsidized by the taxpayers. This is our country ladies and gentlemen. These are the voices who are controlling city policies.
Not only does she not trust teachers, she also thinks cops are all murderers. Shocking I know. But remember last month when the UMass Campus police chased that guy down who was doing heroin, and he ended up jumping off the bridge into Lake Quinsig? Yea, that was the cops fault it turns out:
So let me get this straight. This guy jumps off a bridge because he’s high off his rocker, and the cops are to blame for not jumping in and saving him? It’s “fishy” (no pun intended) that a guy who was all fucked up on drugs drowned? This doesn’t make sense to Wanda? LOL. Fantastic. This is the thought process of those who control education policies in our city. Your rational opinion is irrelevant. Wanda has more influence than you do. Suck on that Joe Schmo taxpayer!!
And shockingly, she doesn’t seem to care for Turtleboy Sports.
There it is folks. Turtleboy Sports is racist. Wanda is the voice of the “Turtleboy is racist” crew. And clearly she is a rational human being, so you should DEFINITELY take people seriously when they say that Turtleboy is in fact racist. Definitely.
She also doesn’t seem to enjoy the fact that we exposed the Mosaic Cultural Complex for being a taxpayer subsidized, non-legal entity, that lies and calls itself a non-profit, despite not being registered with the Secretary of State’s office:
She’s also pretty convinced that she boom-roasted our commenters:
And who is she friends with? Like, who does she associate herself with in this city? Any important public figures?
Oh good. Everyone’s favorite Southbridge resident who gets special meetings with Ed Augustus, Joe Petty, and Melinda Boone in order to dictate anti-police, anti-safety policies in OUR public schools. This happens in real life. Who else is Wanda hanging out with?
Ah yes, Bill Coleman. The guy who has been finishing in dead last place in every City Council election we’ve ever had since the beginning of time. Tagging known carpetbaggers Joyce McNickles and Sonya Conner so that they may chime in with their slice of sanity. I’m sure the first 12 times Bill Coleman ran for City Council and lost were a fluke. This is the year baby!!
Yup. This is how you get elected to City Council. Hitch your wagon to Wanda. Things will be different this year Bill!!! I wonder what our girl Sonya Conner had to say about this:
Yea, how dare Ed Augustus imply that our local government is run by people who choose to vote and are active in their community. He forgot to factor in systematic racism!!! D’OH!!!! Do you think these people just aren’t voting because they don’t give a fuck? No silly!! It’s systematic racism. That and the fact that the location of the meeting at Quinsigamond Community College is “exclusionary in nature.” Because the bus stops on Burncoat and West Boylston streets basically make it impossible to get there. It’s like these people go to Chinese restaurants and when they open up their fortune cookies they find ready made excuses instead of wise Mandarin proverbs.
There were way too many “well dressed professionals” at the at meeting according to Sonya Conner. Clearly what we were missing were the drunks and vagabonds. According to her, that is only way to truly have a representation of the community. More town drunkards, welfare leeches, and 30 year old grandmothers. She would know. She’s lived in Worcester for almost two years now.
Who else agrees with Wanda’s logic? Any other Worcester celebrities?
Oh good. Known repeat offender Kevin Ksen. A guy who has been arrested by the police more than once and is currently facing charges of intentionally blocking an ambulance that was trying to get a sick person to the hospital. Nice guy. Glad to see he’s promoting his “ally” Sarai Rivera on the City Council.
The bottom line is this. The WPS produce some AMAZING kids year in and year out. Kids who go on to great colleges before making a difference in their communities as adults. We have some great teachers as well. But obviously there are lots of kids who slip through the cracks. Teachers aren’t parents. They are with our kids for a small percentage of their lives. It is incumbent upon the parents (and grandparents in some cases) to instill values and set good examples. Instead of blaming the teachers, how bout we start pointing the fingers towards the real problem? Or does that make Turtleboy a racist?
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