Sunday, January 29, 2012

Oh The Irony~

   
 How The Greece Teachers' Assn. Defines 
"Professional Development"

Anonymous said...

On another note.........was eating lunch at the Mt Read Wegmans today and about 30 teachers from Olympia were there sitting eating lunch. How do I know they were from Olympia????? Well many of them had on the real "professional" black GTA Union tee shirts along with some Olympia pullover hoodies. Just gotta love the professionalism of our teaching staff.

I think it is time for the School Board to insist on a dress code policy for the entire district staff. I have never seen more inappropriate attire as I do when I see school employees. Especially teachers who want to be treated as professionals but dress as though they shopped at the Goodwill store! This has been going on for years. Time to put a stop to this.   1/27/2012 6:36 PM

SCATS ~~ So this is how they dress for & spend time on a "Professional Development Day?" 

  

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you people piss and moan about everything? Teachers have a 1 hour lunch on professional development days and Fridays are typical dress down days in many places. I highly doubt if they wear these clothes everyday. Focus on the real issues instead of whining about every little thing.

Anonymous said...

So now teachers are not allowed to eat lunch and they have to wear their Sunday best when there are no students in classrooms? Just once I would like to see something constructive here instead of a lot of complaining.

Anonymous said...

Really black GTA shirts? They are navy so not sure how accurate the rest of you description is. As a parent I have no concerns over the attire of our teachers! Sure I wish there was a new contract in place for the sake of all. If you teach in Greece you are part of GTA . There are legitimate concerns with the education in Greece but a dress down day for staff is not one of them.

SCATS said...

To 3:59PM ~~ You're right. They probably don't "wear these clothes everyday" ... but they DO WEAR THEM TO SCHOOL & TO TEACH often enough that it is an issue ;)

To 4:02PM ~~ Who said anything about "their Sunday best"? If they seek to be treated as "professionals" then it's time they dress the part ;) Like the saying goes: "You have ONE CHANCE to make a good first impression."

To 4:21PM ~~ Who said this was a dress down day? When did the district start having them? I'd like to see the calendar that states "professional development days" are "dress down days."

By the way, studies show that how one dresses DOES impact how people behave and how others respond to them ;) So if teachers are dressed in business casual attire vs. union t-shirts in the classrooms (Yes, they DO wear union tee's to class too), how do you think it changes the way they are able to get control of their classroom, how seriously the students take them, etc?

We shouldn't have to "work" to discern who is teaching the class vs. who is attending it.

Anonymous said...

You have hit a nerve with me, some Greece teachers wear clothes to teach in that I wouldn't wear to do yard work in. How are our students suppose to be college and career ready if they don't have any idea what professional attire is. Come on GTA try showing some professionalism, and dress the part.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:08. I bet the cricket chirping has already started in response to the question asked, too.

For the record, I've seen teachers wearing military fatigues to school - but they weren't in the military. I've seen spaghetti strap tops on some of the women - but these are banned for students.

My advice - act like a grown-up, be professional and you will be treated as such.

Anonymous said...

7:52 just like any work place there are a few that choose to dress in way not acceptable for the work place. A few does not mean all and if you find it so offensive write a letter the the principal after all if it is keeping your child from learning then it is your responsibly to advocate for your child. As for the crickets chirping I'm sure you have not written a letter as you just are complaining on this blog so as to join in the negativity about Greece teachers.

Anonymous said...

I have kids in 3 schools in Greece and as for teachers wearing t shirts with GTA on does not bother nor concern me. I also believe that it is not the clothes that makes the teacher but the dedication,individual care and instruction for each student and understanding who they are teaching.

Anonymous said...

Maybe SCATS or the teachers can answer my question. How many tenured teachers have been let go or will be let go ? With the poor performance on tests year after year and a 6 million budget gap ,it seems it should be a large number.I really would like to know , and "no" I'm not "Moaning"

SCATS said...

To 8:14PM ~~ You are VERY amusing!! The idea that a school principal would EVER get in the way of a union teacher is comical, at best! Of course any parent who ever put pen to paper to make such a complaint will be automatically labeled a trouble-maker ... and it is quite likely their child will be targeted in retaliation ;)

To 8:18PM ~~ I dare you to tell your boss you will dress however you like at work, because "it is not the clothes that makes" you dedicated ;)

To 9:47PM ~~ My educated guess is ZERO have been let go as a result of the poor performance of Greece schools. Am I close? ;)

Anonymous said...

wah!!!! wah!!!!! wah!!!!!!!
.....nothing like the sound of greece teachers crying!!!!!!!!!

Charlie Hubbard said...

The lack of a professional dress code for staff AND students is but another example of a true failure of why are unable to show improvement.
Learning takes a back seat to making a statement on our dress - it's called a lack of leadership.

By the way it is also another example of how more spending will NOT improve educational results.

Anonymous said...

I am the OP 8:14: it not amusing to me. There are ways to write anonymously. My point is that if it is really an issue getting in the way of learning the parents can and should speak up. I do doubt though the clothes are sexy, revealing or inappropriate to that level that would require a letter or call. A t shirt with kakis or jeans is not appalling and does not interfere with learning. If anything I would say that for the young female teachers in a high school setting it can be a more neutral appearance. Many when dressed up in prof. attire are pretty sexy...

SCATS said...

To 8:40AM ~~ If it is really getting in the way of learning, why shouldn't the principal speak up without needing the parents???

I love your "high" standards for professionalism, too ~ "A t shirt with kakis or jeans is not appalling..."

The idea that professional appearance for a female teacher might be too "sexy" shows you are ignorant about the options! A simple, but tasteful blouse and skirt or Hillary Clinton type pants suit would do wonders. Leave the stilettos at home.

Anonymous said...

My child takes martial arts and they are allowed to wear a specific uniform T-shirt with their white pants and belt in the summer months. My son noticed that one of his martial arts teachers never wore a T-shirt and always wore his full uniform and asked him why. His teacher explained that he is there to not only teach them but to set an example and that means taking pride in his uniform each and every day and that he felt gy wearing his uniform, he was showing respect to his uniform, masters, students and do jang. From that moment forward, my child refused to wear a T-shirt and insisted on being in his full uniform to show respect to his masters, his peers and his do jang. YES! Teachers DO make an impression beyond words with students....children learn what they live and live what they learn! By the way, my child is only 7 years old, not a teenager, who was impressed with the example his teacher sets for him. So, yes, it does make a difference!!!

Anonymous said...

So at home am I a less effective parent because I wear jeans everyday, sweaters, t shirts and hoodies? This is beyond ridiculous complaining about GTA t shirts and jeans. Our academic standards and behavior management comes from the top down and every time I have seen and administrator they are professionally dressed, so where is the correlation to quality of eduction and dress apparel? There is none this is just another non issue for people to carp about.

Anonymous said...

Charley: Are you suggesting we the public should be buying cloths for them?

And I like the idea of having all emoloyess dress like martial arts teachers! Or did I miss the point, darn it!

SCATS said...

To 12:11PM ~~ In 6 years of running this site, GTA thinks ALL complaints are "beyond ridiculous" when they are aimed at them.

When was the last time you saw someone from "the top" teaching your kids? You know as well as I do that they do NOT. If the admin is dressing their role, why shouldn't the teachers act like the "professionals" they claim to be? Like they say, actions speak volumes ;)

To 1:09PM ~~ I've reread his posting several times. Please get more rest tonight so you can comprehend "the point" better tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

We had us quite a problem with our boy LeeOtis over the way his teacher dressed last year. Some might say Lee's a bit back of the pack being 18 in the 9th grade and all, but I tell you all he was interested in doing was well to be polite about it humping that teacher's leg.

BethAnn and I went over to the school and had a little talk with the boss lady there she was a fatty I tell you, and she told us how she has nothing to say about how the teachers dress. BethAnn gave her a piece of her mind about that woman in a see through shirt and how the heck she expected any boy to learn, and all Miss Fatty said over and over was how her hands were tied.

I come near telling her they oughta be, behind her back so she couldn't fork so much food in her yap. I tell you there are days when I think Lee should give up school and his dream of becoming a School Janitor and come to work with me.
He'd sure learn more loading lumber than he does in that schoolhouse.

Anonymous said...

Ask any HR person and they will tell you that in most cases young people today do not know how to dress or how to conduct them selves when interviewing for a job. Most private schools have a dress code for staff and students. In my opinion 12:11 is off of the mark. To succeed in life you will conform in dress and deportment or you will not be employed for very long . My children attended private schools and were required to conform to the dress and conduct code as were the staff. This topic should not even be an issue. Teachers are the authority figure in the classroom and should dress as such. If teachers wish to be recognized as the role models they purport to be how about acting the part. Wear your union stuff to change your oil or wash the car for starters

SCATS said...

To 11:48AM ~~ After reading your comment, it sparked a great idea. Let the teachers wear their union gear when they are engaged in any fundraising activities, like car washes. They will instantly discover if it helps them in their endeavors ;)

Anonymous said...

I love whiny taxpayers...tomorrow is payday. Keep paying those taxes in the armpit of Monroe County.

SCATS said...

To 6:51PM ~~ And I love uppity union members who help prove what everyone else already knows. Thanks for showing your true colors.