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Dianne Williamson wrote a column yesterday about a Southbridge teacher who has had enough of the bullshit. Southbridge isn’t exactly an easy district to teach in. Veteran teacher and Worcester City Councilor Gary Rosen wanted to get back into the classroom in 2008, so he took a job at Southbridge High. He lasted 3 weeks. New record.
Southbridge has large amounts of poverty and students who do not speak English at home. These are some standard photographs from around town:
And whether or not people are willing to admit it, the fact of the matter is that this makes it harder for kids to succeed in school. In districts like this teacher’s need access to resources, and more importantly, support.
But instead all we get is bullshit from the state about they are “Level 4.” Of course we know why they do this – because they want the townsfolk to turn against the teacher’s union. It’s happening in Spencer-East Brookfield as well as countless other communities. The problem is that a school’s level designation largely depends on standardized test scores, which obviously are not very good out of Southbridge. This teacher put it so eloquently in Dianne’s column:
Oh good, someone from the community who wants to give back. I’m sure she was treated with respect and dignity by the state:
Oh look, some asshole six figure suit from the state, who has NEVER spent a day teaching in the classroom, has reached the arbitrary conclusion that this dedicated teacher is racist because she helped kids on the side of the classroom who happened to be predominantly white. Someone call the Department of Justice!!!!
It’s really unbelievable that this could happen, but not really. We’re living in a world where calling someone racist is done with zero regard for what it will do to that person’s reputation. It’s a pretty serious allegation, but it doesn’t stop morons from tossing it out there like cheap wine. She continued:
Preach sister!! I wish she gave us the name of this state monitor so we could publicly humiliate her. If anyone from Southbridge can help us out with that we would love to make this woman a huge public villain. Because she needs to be publicly humiliated. It is because of people like her that qualified professionals are leaving the teaching profession in droves. It’s her fault that our schools are going downhill. And the only thing that can fix it is public humiliation.
Why would anyone with a Master’s Degree ever subject themselves to such bullshit? Here is this teacher who is handed a bunch of students with a multitude of problems at home. And she’s supposed to magically get them to do well on a standardized test without an ELL director, social services for students, SPED plans, or any other supports that are required by law. Makes sense.
The best part of course is that the state at these MCAS workshops stresses that spelling and grammar shouldn’t be a focus on the MCAS open response section. Whether or not you agree with this philosophy, it’s what the state tells schools not to worry about. And so the teachers do the job they’ve been instructed to do and they get called racist for it. Who wouldn’t wanna be a teacher in 2015?
What I like most about this woman is how she’s not afraid to go on the record with her real name and call out every asshole in her town:
I LOVE it. This is happening all over the country because our leaders, including Obama, have put so much value into high stakes testing. They’ve lied to us and told us that poverty and zip code don’t matter. Every student has an equal ability to learn, it’s just up to the lazy teachers to get off their asses and stop making excuses.
Those lies need to end and they need to end now. Teachers are scared shitless to come forward out of fear of losing their job. But you have free speech rights too and Turtleboy will go to bat for you. We urge any teachers who want to share their stories like this to message or email Turtleboy and we can put your stories in a blog, with or without your name. Because this message is an important one and it really needs to get out to the masses.
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They inflate grades at Worcester East Middle also. I had to “fix” my grades every term. What’s the point of trying to teach kids anything if they all get good grades, whether they did the work or not? I even had a savvy kid ask me one day why he passed the class when, by his own admission, he had done nothing? The kids know, believe me. It’s the administrators who are clueless, and who perpetuate the failure of our schools.
A lot of cheating goes on that nobody knows about. Do you really think a single person can go into a failing school and turn things around and make them a level 1 or 2 school in a year or two?
And what about those level 1 or 2 schools? West Tatnuck, Heard Street, Flagg Street? Aren’t those schools with parents who are far more successful at parenting than the true urban schools? Not blaming the parents entirely. Look at the shithole neighborhoods in this city. Environments crawling with thugs and losers influence the children in them.
The principal of Sullivan Middle inflates grades and changes a legal document after the fact. Isn’t this fraud? Get the state out of education and return it to local control. We didn’have all of these issues before DESE became so powerful.
I just entered a comment, what happened to it?
“Racist” is the 2010s version of the 2000’s “epic”. Before that wayyyyyyy back in the 90s it was “awesome” and “chillin”. these words all have one thing in common, they were used in situations that didnt deserve that word.
“Awesome” is supposed to be – causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:. Not “Awseome shoes” or “awesome jacket”.
“Epic” is heroic; majestic; impressively great.
“racist” no longer means a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that one’s own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. It now means some one who doesnt agree with you. It now means Republican. It now means anyone who disagrees with extreme liberal policies and feel good legislation.
Next on the Social Justice Warrior word list? “terrorist”. This word is now being used to describe any event in which a person feels offended or a person who views a situation or action as fear mongering. It does not apply to Fort HOOd as that was obviously “Workplace Violence” just as much as the Boston Bombers where “right wing, white, racist, homegrown terrorists” until the Obama Administration realized Russia told us about these 2 clowns and we ignored it. Thanks O! I see cops being called terrorists by SJW (Social Justice Warriors) all the time now. I see people who disagree with Bernie Sanders are racists. I see people who support police are now referred to as if they are Al Quida members and support suicide bombings.
The PC crowd has gone so far for so long its no wonder why trump is so popular. Its the bullshit America has put up with for far too long. Its “state inspectors” acting as social goon squads just dying to label anyone who falls outside of the Massachusetts Libtard brain washing as a racist. The “left” has screwed this country so much that regular everyday people who never cared about politics are pissed. They are supporting a loony like Trump because of the “happy Holidays” vs “Merry Christmas”, calling mass shootings by crazy. wack-job Americans (Newtown, SC church shooting, Planned parenthood, Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer Oregon shooting) terrorists. Now cops and in some cases firemen are terrorists because they force people to be responsible for thier actions instead of wat “feels” good?
This world is spinning out of control and I want off. Im starting a no-PC, no-race, no-assholes, no-libtards planet expedition. Im taking Mars for all the sane, logical and people with common sense to go live, prosper and coexist. ANY labeling of people who you dont agree with as “racist” or “terrorists” are gone. IMMEDIATELY. No room for this bullshit. Look how its divided the USA. No more. Ohh and if Trump gets in, its the Libs fault. You earned it morons.
Who’s with me????
RSoxGuy – My friend you represent years of agreeable frustration of ineptitude and incompetence from our higher government. A Presidency that has allowed civil unrest ranging from criminal activity and seemingly allowed unassertive defiant unruly behavior toward local, state and federal law enforcement officials to redefining our country as unjust, racial and unsecure.
This Presidential Malfeasance has no doubt contributed to an organized “One Race Matters only” campaign (meaning Black Lives Matter) that WILL tear us all apart in this country. I ask Why? Why is this? Cops do their jobs and hopefully go home to their families at the end of their shift and criminals go to jail. What in God’s name is wrong with the way this works? So what the criminal is black sometimes and the cop is white sometimes. It’s not always that way. It’s often times reversed. If you want to look up the stats then I say it is what it is.
This should never be a black versus white issue in 2015 heading into 2016. We should be far beyond that. We are one nation. I thought by now in my lifetime that this very idea of total unity among all people of color would be a slam-dunk. Boy was I wrong. I won’t give up however. I may never see this ideal in my lifetime but I know that it will happen. It has too.
Bottom line is that Obama could have avoided many of these protests that got people, our fellow American citizens, hurt and in some cases killed. He is a great speaker but he did not use the gift of gab when he really should have. Just a couple of reach outs could have done it. Can’t wait for the change. You democrats have absolutely no chance next November I guarantee.
Winston S. Churchill supposedly once observed that anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.
Children from “non-contributing” members of society ……. will grow up to be “non-contributing” members of society.