Friday, July 22, 2011

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Anonymous said...

http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Teachers-In-Greece-Bring-The-Books-To-Students/0AeiQD4Uz0mNjBfwDh28FQ.cspx
Did you miss this positive story about Greece?

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you saw this:
http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Teachers-In-Greece-Bring-The-Books-To-Students/0AeiQD4Uz0mNjBfwDh28FQ.cspx

SCATS said...

Regarding the "story" ~~ Anytime that Patrice Walsh does a feel-good story about Greece teachers that no one else covers shows me it's nothing more than a union advertisement. I especially liked the fact that the idea came from Ohio: "Sara Mucino, a reading specialist at Longridge, came up with the idea after attending a Reading Recovery conference in Ohio."

Thank God for the midwest! They MIGHT save our students from Greece's educational wasteland.

PS ~~ If I'm not mistaken, something like this was done in Greece 20 yrs. ago with no fanfare at all ;)

Anonymous said...

So, you can not acknowledge something good that happens in this community. You might think about being part of the solution rather than promoting negativity - just a thought..

Anonymous said...

Of course SCATS didn't miss the story. It just wasn't put on the blog because it doesn't promote the narrative that SCATS likes to propagate.

BOOOOOOOOOO Teachers!!!!
BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

SCATS said...

To 9:17PM & 1:05AM ~~ I find it HIGHLY SUSPECT that this fluffy PR piece hits teacher union-friendly Ch 13's airwaves JUST BEFORE the BOE posts that they are having an Exec. Session Tuesday for "collective bargaining" now that we have a meek new Super and a GTA suck-up ... er I mean BOE Prez. re-run in the form of Julia.

If/when the TEACHERS VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE ADDITIONAL, UNCOMPENSATED READING INSTRUCTION OVER THE SUMMER, SCATS WOULD CERTAINLY POST ABOUT IT as EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD NEWS. I'm NOT holding my breath that such a thing will ever happen in any of our lifetimes ;)

Anonymous said...

I believe Parkland and Brookside teachers are reading with students at Affinity Lane on Thursdays at the community center there.

SCATS said...

To 10:24AM ~~ I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "reading with" ... are the students reading aloud and the teachers providing correction/support? Or is it just another story hour? If they are providing actual instruction, then KUDOS TO THEM! Get ch 13 over there ASAP :)

Anonymous said...

To Scats at 10:13 -- Just curious -- Does your lawyer give away his services for free? How about your doctor and your tax provider? How about your mechanic or your plumber?

SCATS said...

To 3:44PM ~~ My lawyer does give cut rates to some, as does my CPA :) My Dr. has done work with the poor (not in Rochester though). I doubt that my mechanic has since I take my car to the dealer. My plumber has done much work for "cost" to help a friend of mine.

The bigger difference here is that NONE OF THEM expect kudos for what they did. Again, the teachers/union EXPECTS something every time a finger is lifted, even if it isn't lifted very far ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats at 4:42. Great point that we often overlook. There are many professionals that also volunteer at their churches and for their own kids in the schools....doctors and lawyers and mechanics as you say. They do pro bono work. There are also legal aid attorneys that volunteer. So yes 3:44 people that do work for me will cut less fortunate people a break although I pay the regular price. Don't we all do that sometime?
Does anyone know who sponsors the program at Affinity and how children who may be poor but do not live there can receive services.

Anonymous said...

SCATS,

Remind me where in the WHAM report that the Teacher's Union is demanding anything. Oh, that's right, it isn't.

I also find it humorous that other occupations do pro bono work its taken for what it is, but somehow when teachers do it there MUST be an some conspiracy theory about why they are doing it. It's just teachers out in the community sharing books with kids.

SCATS said...

To 7:34PM ~~ Oh puh-leeze!! First of all, Ms. "Walsh's" hubby who goes by his own name was an infamous Greece teacher. Maybe he still is, though I thought someone pointed out he had "moved on" ... whether by choice, or not. Secondly, whenever GTA has a message to get out, Ms. Walsh's number is on GTA's speed dial due to her ever friendly posture with said union.

If you look at the first two comments posted on this thread, there is MOST DEFINITELY A DEMAND implied, given the history of such comments on this BLOG over the last 5+ years (nevermind the fact the posted topic is ENTIRELY UNRELATED!). As for the concept of "pro bono work" clearly Greece teachers don't get the idea. They EXPECT KUDOS FOR DOING IT. Where do you see the other occupations ever step up and ask: "Where's my back pat? Did you overlook my positive news?"

Anonymous said...

SCATS,

If anything, I think the "demand" is for you to actually hold to your actual title (you know, the whole "truth" in schools thing). You sit there and constantly spew rhetoric about how awful Greece is, and whenever anything negative happens you are among the first to crow about it. Yet you somehow tend to overlook items in the press that give Greece credit for anything, and if someone else points out something positive you place a negative spin on it.

Your most recent conspiracy theory is irrelevant. Teachers are out in the summer helping kids develop a love for books and reading. I, for one, see ZERO negative in this.

Anonymous said...

Allow me to post the FIRST comment that is actually related to this "thread"... that picture was HILARIOUS! Kudos to its creator.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they aren't trying to publicize themselves, so to speak, but instead are trying to showcase some of the positive things happening at non "choice" schools. Maybe they are just trying to get positive stories out there in the news. It's sad that there is such cynicism about motive.

SCATS said...

To 9:05PM ~~ When GCSD or the Town or PD or FD do something meaningful as measured by truly independent parties/methods/etc., KUDOS will be given by this BLOG. Until then, I'll continue to call them as I see 'them. While reading was a nice gesture, it was merely fluff in terms of "news."

SCATS said...

To 9:18PM ~~ I agree. Too bad they did not want recognition ;) lol

Anonymous said...

9:05
One word: Iago.

Anonymous said...

1:54 am
So scats is Iago? Quite a slam. Is the district Othello?

SCATS said...

To 3:12PM ~~ That's not the way I read that comment. I thought the Iago remark was aimed at what 7/23/2011 9:05 PM said ;)

Anonymous said...

In referencing Iago, I refer only to "motiveless Malignity."

See also: "it is impossible to understand the character of Iago, who is represented as now assigning one, and then another, and again a third, motive for his conduct, all alike the mere fictions of his own restless nature, distempered by a keen sense of his intellectual superiority, and haunted by the love of exerting power, on those especially who are his superiors in practical and moral excellence." STC

Take it as you will: the author is dead. At least, Roland Barthes tells me so.

Anonymous said...

It was offered as an answer to 9:05 about scats. 9:05 and 1:54 seem to think scats colors events in a negative way, even if they are positive events.
From their point of view, that is how scats seems. Others see scats as an observer who relates news with opinion anonymously.

Anonymous said...

I thought school was out for summer. This soiunds like an English Lit gone wild class.

Anonymous said...

Seemingly "motiveless malignity" . Whoever you are that is astute. But there is a motive and a goal, which is to ruin the morale of the district as they go about their jobs. No matter what they do there is constant observation and glee should there be a mis-step. Very much like Tokyo Rose , always taunting and bullying from a protected location.
What drives this obsession? The audience. If we all stopped reading and responding for even a little while it would stop. But there are those that are of the same make-up as scats and they will not give an inch and have to keep replying. So it will continue.

SCATS said...

To 5:30PM ~~ Re: "If we all stopped reading and responding for even a little while it would stop."

Obviously, you do NOT know me at all. I'm not driven by the responses as much as I'm driven by the people who think as you do ;) The impact of this BLOG is seen, felt all over Greece Central, the Town of Greece govt, etc. Ignore it all you want, but just like burying your head in the sand, the problems won't go away and neither will I.

Anonymous said...

I agree with SCATS.

Look at the impact this blog has had over the past five years. Clearly, things are far better as a result of the constant and fair reporting of this even-handed and virtuous fellow. The streets are clear of crime, our politicians are upstanding citizens free of scandal, and our school board makes wise decisions on a consistent basis. I, for one, would like to thank you for being a bright beacon of light in the otherwise dark and dreary existence of my humble life.

Thank You,

-Mr. Sarcasm

Anonymous said...

quod erat demonstrandum

;)

SCATS said...

If you REALLY want me to go away, try fixing what's broken. I'll gladly retire when the dysfunction gets replaced by OPEN GOVT, OPEN DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS, A CALL TO ACTION TO FIX THEM ...

Anonymous said...

Scats. Your blog on average draws about 20 comments per entry. What this shows me is that the same people respond to your endless rants of rightteousness. You showed your true colors when you were in line at wegmans with a GTA member and you were not able (scared)to say anything, but then went home and blogged about it.

Anonymous said...

Dysfunction is to think it is your job to fix it. Keep up the activity to fulfill the need you have . The rest read but you devote time.

SCATS said...

To 8:43AM ~~ 20 comments is a lot more "dialogue" than you will find in either the BOE meeting room or the Town Board meeting room.

I haven't received the union grooming (thug training?) to support behaviors like public confrontations. I prefer editorializing to getting in someone's face.

To 9:57AM ~~ I've never said that I've "fixed" anything, but I have brought SOME CHANGE. If I'm not mistaken, reading also takes time ;)

Isn't it odd that so many would like to silence someone that has so little impact? ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS: By starting the conversation, you pose a serious threat to the keepers of the status quo. Intelligent communication always threatens dysfunctional organizations and the people in charge of them. Keep up the good work! Don't let the b*stards beat you down.

Anonymous said...

And usually every comment is answered or demeaned by scats. So out of 32 comments 12 are from scats here. And out of the rest they are many times dialogue with one other writer. So these 32 represent probably 3 writers and scats. Cozy.

SCATS said...

To 11:08AM ~~ Thank you!

To 11:23AM ~~ Every comment? Not even close, but thanks for chiming in. By the way, welcome aboard as writer #4 ;)

Anonymous said...

I have read the comments posted on this thread over the past few days and it appears the teacher's union has their panties in a knot again.

Remember when the district did away with Phonics and introduced some idiotic new reading program in the 90's??? Speaking from experience, I witnessed first hand the teacher's union sit on their collective asses while our reading scores at the elementary level went down the toilet. They KNEW this new reading program was the problem but NOT ONE teacher EVER spoke up publically at a school board meeting to tell the board and Super to axe this mess. In the meantime we ended up with tons of elementary kids being shoved into Special Ed classes because they COULD NOT READ!!! But every month for 3 years the teacher's union would show up in their red union tee shirts disrupting board meetings complaining about a lack of a contract!!!! This was after they just got raises of 45% over 5 years.

This latest publicity stunt is just that. A publicity stunt. The union NEVER does anything without a motive behind it.

As for keeping kids "engaged" in reading over the summer..........are the teacher's VOLUNTEERING???????? or are we paying them????? Oh........I forgot.....the union never does anything for free. We must have given them some contract consessions if that is so!

Anonymous said...

To 6:22,

The teachers are volunteering. How about you?

Anonymous said...

6:22 I am can say for certain that Parkland/Brookside teachers are not volunteering their time at Affinity on Thursdays.

Anonymous said...

Editorializing= agitation, deliriousness, delirium, distraction, furor, fury, frenzy, rage, rampage, uproar,hysteria,bafflement, bamboozlement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderedness, bewilderment, confusedness, discombobulation, confusion, fog, head-scratching, muddle, mystification, and perplex. http://www.merriam-webster.com

SCATS said...

To 8:56PM ~~ "Volunteering" to read a book. WOW! Seeking recognition/PR for every little thing is most disturbing from this so-called group of "professionals." Imagine what they might demand if they did something instructional on a voluntary basis. (clutching my wallet at the thought)

SCATS said...

To 9:04PM ~~ I went to your link and found no such words to define "editorializing." What I did find was:

1
: to express an opinion in the form of an editorial
2
: to introduce opinion into the reporting of facts
3
: to express an opinion (as on a controversial issue)

AND ... Synonyms: allow, comment, remark, note, observe, opine, reflect, weigh in


Do you have a hard time with truth?

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want SCATS to go away? Seriously, this is some of the best free entertainment in the blogosphere. Certainly the only free local blogosphere entertainment.
It's like watching an old, familiar sitcom. Kinda homey.

Anonymous said...

Want to expand your horizons and see how one of these blogs really works to affect some change, rather than just shooting spitballs from the sidelines as we anonymice do? I'm talking real calls to action, real action and real news, not just victimhood and griping.
Seriously people, if we're unhappy with the status quo, we're never going to see a change until we get out of our La-Z-Boys and do something about it.

Check out http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/
to see what real democracy in action looks like

Anonymous said...

"What is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions- they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force". Nietzsche

SCATS said...

To 11:58PM ~~ Thank you for that link. Interesting case. Alas, we live in Greece where closed, clubby & corrupted politicians are seen as the "safer choice" than daring to try a new flavor called "change."