Monday, June 06, 2011

Greece's Music Education Program Misses Mark

  
Eight local school districts, including six from Monroe County (Brighton, Hilton, Penfield, Rush-Henrietta, Webster & West Irondequoit ), have been named "Best Communities for Music Education" by a national organization.

Greece failed to make the list. (D&C)

SCATS ~~ I can't wait to hear the excuses made for this!
  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess the NAMM Foundation can't be bribed by GCSD like the alleged energy savings report. Funny how when you hire a company to tell you how to save on energy they will give you an award stating that you are an energy saving district. As long as you keep paying them that is.

SCATS said...

To 12:12PM ~~ An excellent point! I find it interesting that Greece Central spends so much to fund music & sports, but we don't excel in either of them, just like we don't excel in educating our kids. By the way, Greece's teacher's pay ranks 3rd highest of 67 (Livonia ranks #1 & Pittsford is #2) on the list of local districts for 2011. AND THAT'S WITHOUT A NEW CONTRACT ;)

Anonymous said...

Ironically, the school with the most Section V titles over the last few years is Odyssey (Mostly soccer and baseball, plus hockey with Athena). Arcadia was won in basketball as well and Athena has a couple or at least has come close (like Softball this year). Poor Olympia has been a while - I think they won a baseball title 8-9 years ago.

I am surprised about the lack of music recognition since show choir and musicals have been award-winning at all but ...again ...Olympia.

Anonymous said...

"Award winning" does not equate to "best" in an educational sense. Greece kids make high honor roll with distinction too much of the time. But that's no guarantee they learned a damned thing.

SCATS said...

To 2:30PM ~~ I think 2:33PM explained it quite succinctly. There are all kinds of awards. Many don't mean a thing.

Anonymous said...

And the district spent what 32 million on APAC because of the award winning program? I think that money would have been better spent on ALL of the kids.

Anonymous said...

As for Olympia hard to be the best when teams can't even get to section v finals when not eligible based on play time...ladies softball that is.

Anonymous said...

Greece was on the list in 2007.

http://www.namm.org/news/press-releases/best-communities-music-education

Top 100 is tough. Even Odyssey is #133 !

SCATS said...

To 6:48PM ~~ If they can't do it with any regularity WITH Ranalletta, they'll be unlikely to accomplish it without her.

Anonymous said...

SCATS were we you to "celebrate" when Greece was listed as one of the 100 best? You NEVER highlight the numerous achievments of the music/arts programs in Greece or ANYTHING positive.

In 2007 , Greece had a Fine Arts Director...and now.....? When the district eliminates your programs/teachers and cuts off your "head," where do you go....? Who is the leader?

ps The recognition is for the "100 best COMMUNITIES for music education" - yourself included.

Anonymous said...

ps - Pittsford did not make it either.

SCATS said...

To 7:42PM ~~ It's hard for me to support some of the most self-serving & arrogant folks in this district. Just like school-of-choice supporters, this group is full of hypocrits too. Many involved in these programs are all in favor of giving awards to individuals for their musical perfomance/talent but refuse to see that doing that for academics in the form of having a couple of salutatorians/valedictorians is also appropriate. If it's good for one group, it's good for the others ;)

Anonymous said...

Olympia won the Section V boys team indoor track title this year with one members having the second fastest time in the state. They placed second for the outdoor season and have several members going to the state meet this weekend.

Their music program has won several awards as well in recent years.

Anonymous said...

7:42 at "ps The recognition is for the "100 best COMMUNITIES for music education" - yourself included." Do you think scats takes satisfaction in any recognition this community receives?
This award was from an organization of music publishing companies according to the article. They sell band and chorus music. It's nice we got recognized but who cares? It would be like the textbook companies giving a prize for reading excellence.

SCATS said...

To 1:38PM ~~ Thank you. I didn't realize who gave the award. It does seem self-serving, not to mention rather typical.