Anti-Teacher/Administrator Sentiment

Here are some of the headlines in my Google Reader this morning.

From CNN:

  • Shots, clashes reported in Cairo
  • Pirates target the Maersk Alabama again
  • 7.2 earthquake hits off coast of Japan
  • Seven kids die in farmhouse fire
  • Outgunned rebels stand up to Gadhafi forces

And from the Buffalo News:

  • National Guard Unit leaving this morning for Iraq
  • Full courtroom for Hassan sentencing
  • How well did your school do in social studies?

Some of our politicians and the media have elevated education to the level of concern that we normally find in only the significant, tragic events in the headlines above. I can assure you that every single day at Randolph Central School, 1000+ students are learning and 200 adults are working within the system to transport, feed, and educate those 1000+ students safely. At the same time, we have significant oversight with four different auditing requirements and an involved Board of Education, a leadership team that takes accountability and excellence seriously and an entire institution dedicated to improving learning in every way possible.

We are accountable to our employees, our students, our parents, our BOE members and our taxpayers on a daily basis. We respond to every member of our school community in a timely and responsible manner. We have kept taxes at bay for three years in a row, with the fourth budget at a 0% increase to our taxpayers on deck.

We are not the enemy. We are dedicated to our children and our taxpayers. We are earning our wages. We are cognizant of the hardships of our community and also of the rich support and collaboration we enjoy from those who live here. We treasure that relationship and will do everything we can to honor it. We are not the enemy.

Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Come see for yourself.

  1. We are at an incredible low point in American history and a low point in the history of American education and public education in particular. Our political discourse is at an all time low and the media even from traditionally moderate outlets has jumped on the bandwagon. I think we just have to ride out the storm but it will be very rough going for awhile. Let’s face it Main Street is angry. The federal government let the bankers and investors walk and they gave them our money to bail them out. That is very upsetting to most folks including me and so those same irate people are now turning toward the one place they do have any say in taxation and that is the public sector. For over 30 years politicians have been selling the general public on lowering your tax rate while ironically removing all of their deductible expense thus effectively raising rates. Real income has not increased in 40 years and we all know that expenses sure have. Teaching salaries have not increased in inflation adjusted dollars either. We were among the lowest paid people twenty and thirty years ago, but now since much of our industrial capacity has moved offshore due to global economic pressures we are relatively affluent and people resent that. Politicians who helped create this mess are using us as a wedge issue to gain more traction (votes) and remain in office even while they are public employees themselves. How is that for bitter irony?

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