Monday, January 25, 2010

Oh The Irony!

I was reading the online version of the Greece Post and spotted an article reminding us that tonight, Autumn Lane School is hosting a bookfair at Barnes & Noble. The purpose of the fundraiser is so that an Autumn Lane teacher can buy books that will be donated to help a school in Ethiopia that she visits twice a year. Nice idea, right? Absolutely.

My issue with it is that we have students right here in Greece Central Schools that have INADEQUATE or NO TEXTBOOKS, WORKBOOKS & OTHER NEEDED ACADEMIC BASICS. Worse yet, I've never seen nor heard a Greece teacher show any concern publically to this ongoing problem during the last 20 years!

How can we make the world a better place until we fix what's broken right in front of us?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Teachers just seem to look for opportunities for a little public relations cudo. Must be in the blood.

Wonder who alerted the Post? Bet it was the teacher.

Anonymous said...

It's like the telethons that were brodcast on 16 different channels for Haiti this weekend. Lets help those in our own coutry first .

SCATS said...

To 1:36PM ~~ I do think the US has a duty to help countries like Haiti, especially after such a large scale disaster. But in the case of this teacher, my concern is that Greece teachers IGNORE the need that is right in front of them on a daily basis. Why don't they opt to support & help the children that are right in front of them and leave a lasting impression on a more personal level?

Anonymous said...

well scats, They would but remember the district does not want to spent money on the students. They spend it on superintendent searches, and wasteful seminars. The real misson statement in Greece is "The Hell With The Kids,Aministration Gratification Is The Goal"

SCATS said...

To 4:03PM ~~ I think the teachers get some of that same gratification, too ... "professional development days". Thus, the ongoing contract dispute, which Achramovitch wants to settle before he leaves. Does that idea scare anyone, besides me?

Anonymous said...

This teacher needs to be stopped. Helping people in other countries? Disgusting. I can't believe these kinds of people are allowed to "educate" our children. Who cares what happens in other countries!! It has no impact on our lives here.

SCATS said...

To 10:29PM ~~ A little bit sarcastic? The point is that teachers who work in Greece don't advocate for Greece students to receive appropriate resources like textbooks. Why they don't is very puzzling.

Fairport said...

Hmmm so puzzling, you as in the town of Greece, constantly trash the teachers, show no support for them, and ignore them when they tell you they are having problems with your children's behavior. You that screams I should support Greece. Are you all really that thick? Maybe a teacher will again support your students when YOU support the teachers. WAKE UP AND TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONCE

Paul said...

What makes you say teachers don't fight for supplies for the students. 6 or 7 years ago the district decided to buy new math books that were aweful. The math teachers fought against it the entire time and have been rallying to get new ones.(Which we finally are). In addition I know the math teachers in my school have all applied for grants to get smart boards in our rooms and other math supplies for the classroom. So I ask again what basis do you have for saying teaching don't fight to get supplies for the students?

SCATS said...

To Paul ~~ I think you are making an apples to oranges comparison. Here's why: The math program you referenced was under fire as a whole. That goes back to a former administration's tactics and I wouldn't call it advocating FOR textbooks on the part of the teachers, as much as it was advocating to swap out the entire math curriculum. See the difference. When was the last time you ever heard a Greece teacher admonish the school board to provide adequate textbooks? I've never heard such a request in two decades+. When was the last time the school board heard a parent advocate for adequate textbooks? Just a couple of months ago. And that is nearly an annual event over those same two decades.

To Fairport ~~ "Supporting teachers" should equate to more than agreeing to an increase in contractual pay hikes and benefit gains. Sadly, it does NOT represent anything BUT that in this town. When it does, then perhaps the poor common slobs among us who "support teacher's" lifestyles by way of our tax bills will become more open to hearing about their problems on the job. Let's not forget they CHOSE to teach here & I do not see any sort of mass exodus. Quite the contrary, in fact. We always get many more applications from "high quality applicants" (not my words, but District Office's) than we can accomodate. Bottom line: Teaching in Greece is NOT the nightmare you claim ;)

Fairport said...

Umm I disaree, what you don't realize is teachers are leaving Greece to teach at Franklin, Hill side, East high, and others. The reason you don't see this mass exodus is because the positions are not open. Teachers get stuck in Greece. These pay hikes you speak of does not even cover the cost of living increase most workers at McDonalds. And by the way there is no benefits gain, the teachers are paying an increasing portion of the insurence, and they are giving them a lesser policy. As far as supporting the teachers I am not even referring to the contract or money. How about working with them, showing some appreciation once in a while, caring about your kids education. Answer me this, how stabbings happened in any other district? Why is Greece always in the news for for some scandal? When will Greece recognize that by bitching and doing nothing gets you nothing. Who wants to go the extra mile when it gets thrown in your face? I wont support you, will insult you and be surprised when you do not do anything extra for me Thanks Greece!

SCATS said...

To 10:24PM ~~ As I said before, there are always many more applicants than positions, so I'm not worried. The local colleges are mostly teacher factories, so the supply is pretty large and will stay so.

The teachers who are leaving Greece are mostly older teachers who get incentives to go. The rationale is that new teachers will make lower wages and get reduced benefits compared to older teachers.

For the most part, Greece teachers don't really want parents to "work with" them. They are all for parents who will work for them though, a big difference.

Just as an aside ... I certainly hope you don't work in any school. Your spelling is atrocious to the extent that I lost 2 points from my IQ just by reading your comment.

PS ~~ regarding the stabbing ... the 19 yr. old arrested by GPD came from THE CITY OF ROCHESTER.

Anonymous said...

Some answers for 10:24

"These pay hikes you speak of does not even cover the cost of living increase most workers at McDonalds"

Most pay increases for teachers in the Greece schools are equal to the entire wage of a MacDonald's employee.

"..the teachers are paying an increasing portion of the insurence, and they are giving them a lesser policy."
Their contribution has increased from 0% to 10% for health insurance premiums. Has that changed?
"Why is Greece always in the news for for some scandal?" Because we have a free press and many administrative scandals happen here. Cockroaches and vermin will settle where it is easiest to survive. When it becomes difficult and the food is scarce they will relocate. Maybe the new police chief will make it uncomfortable for vermin.

SCATS said...

To 1:56PM ~~ Thanks for the addition to the discussion :)

I doubt the new chief will be able to dislodge the real vermin. That would mean his bossman would have to exit. The same is true of many of our other politicians, too. We're stuck with two-faced connivers who love keeping the sheeple divided as many ways as they possibly can.

Anonymous said...

Stay classy SCATS... stay classy ;)

SCATS said...

To 4:55PM ~~ Thanks, I try ;)

PS ~~ Please do not confuse Classy SCATS with the (now defunct?) Klassy Kat!