Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dear Babs ... Olympia Provides Sub-Par To Deplorable Education


Anonymous said...

Dear superintendent,

As i sit here contemplating what my educational career has come to, i am reminded that i chose this career because i thought that i could make a difference in the lives of children. I also thought that this profession was respected and admired, but i have quickly learned that it is neither. Teachers today are nothing more than a punching bag for right-wing beaurocrats who, to further their agenda, would sell out their own mothers for a quick buck. The left-wing democrats are no different pushing down our throats regulation and testing to justify thier own messed up school reform efforts, not realizing that any reform takes a minumum 3-5 years to show any results. When you have messed up a child's educational life, @ 13 yrs, you are messing with almost half of their learning. Mess that up and you have lost those children. BW, i recall when you were promoting the school consolidation efforts that that you specifically stated "we are doing this for the children and we teachers must work through this process for the sake of our children". Chris Sloan also sstated that we are " flying this plane as we build it". You are messing with the lives of children. There will never be another 7th or 8th grade for most if not all these kids and the education they are getting is sub-par at the most and deplorable at the least. When you were thinking this through i know you did not have the best interest of the students in mind, all you saw were dollar signs in closing down schools. Teachers and students a stressed beyond the normal stresses of schools. All the teachers are teaching in multiple rooms, sometimes with other teachers in the classroom trying to maintain and fulfill their professional responsibility. Planning time for most teachers is nothing more than an escape from what has become "hell" in the classroom. Teachers are asked more and more to give up things so as to meet the demands that regulation has placed on us and also the conditions you have placed us in. Why is it that i must work in these conditions but yet expect that my results be better than ever before? Did you not think that something would falter with these consolidations? What is happening is that the morale of the teachers and students is terrible. I am a prime example of what has become of your experiment. I hate going to school not because i hate the kids, but because i hate the conditions i work in. The kids hate coming to school because they hate the conditions also. I see their anguish in their eyes. Ironically the opening day speaker spoke of building relationship. How can you build relationships when you have no rooms to build those relationship? This is what i see happening with you. You will probably get another contract only becuase those idiots on the board have no clue about the situation at the schools. You will probably be lauded for saving the district money, and you will probably take the credit for any student success, if there really is one. You will then go on to bigger and better things on a national level and probably write a book on school consolidation pimping your own successful consolidation process, all the while the students that you hurt will be struggling to make sense of what became of their "free and equal education" under the law. Did you forget that students are entitled to a free and equatable education. And that any variation of that is denying a student their basic civil rights. Why is it that a child in the olympia school is getting a less that equitable education than the students at athena and arcadia? I hope you are aware that you have opened yourself and the district up for litigation should a parent ever decide that your actions and the actions of the board constitute a civil right violation. Maybe even a class action suit brought on by many parents. Your only hope is that these parents lay dormant enough so that you can accomplish your goal.

Sincerely a very bitter, sad and depressed olympia teacher    10/23/2012 9:39 AM

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the lower case i now replacing the capital I in our writing? When did this happen? Is this what we are teaching our students?
When did we start with the lower case 0 in Olympia High School?

Why are our test scores so low?

Just wondering

Anonymous said...

When you received your NYS teacher certification and NYS teaching license it did not it say that you would have your own classroom, grade level or only bright, motivated students.
You are paid to teach and increase their levels of academic knowledge and the increase their abilities. Many teachers, in the USA, only dream to have the excellent teaching conditions that Greece provides for you.
I suggest you start with a redemial writing English course for yourself. Then if you are "truly very bitter, sad and depressed" please resign from education to do the students and the district a favor. You owe it to yourself, the students and the district as you state your classroom is a living "Hell"

You make yourself look so....foolish and the sad part is that you don't even realize it because you are so mentally disturbed.

Anonymous said...

As I have previously stated from personal experience and learned from teachers Union reps who shall remain unidentified PUBLIC ED IS A LOSING PROPOSITION!!! Tenure, Union contracts with no consequences for sub par performance, teachers who are only in it for the schedule, bennies, pension and, the bucks who have no interest or passion for the profession. Administration that is rarely held accountable and beat feet when their newest, latest, greatest, rehashed stolen ideas go bad. Hiring administrators with sketchy personal histories. School board members who cut deals with administrators for their own PERSONAL benefit. I could go on but it is just giving me agita. I resent every GD dime I have to send to this corrupted broken district. Go ahead say I am anti teacher, education and all of that s--t. My wife and I just sent a sizable donation to help the son of a family friend who is starting a school in Chile for poor children. I felt good about it because I knew that the money we sent was going to be efficiently utilized by those in charge not being spent on bloated contracts blow hard administrators and whining spoiled brat never enough money, respect, self esteem and on and on and on TEACHERS. The donation is not tax deductible either.

SCATS said...

To 3:53PM ~~ I blame that on texting ... switching to upper case probably seems like too much work.

To 4:14PM ~~"I suggest you start with a redemial writing English course for yourself."
SERIOUSLY!? And you claim this other person "looks foolish"?? lmao

To 4:50PM ~~ Your position is very understandable!

Anonymous said...

Scats,

Probably the only time I will agree with you, but to the poster at 4:14 PM, who suggested a remedial writing course, are you kidding me? I quote, "...NYS teaching license it did not it say...".

I am a proud product of Greece Central, and went on to receive multiple degrees. My life isn't perfect, sometimes I have to scrape by, but I am happy because I am able to put in the work, and enjoy my successes. I'm also happy to learn from my failures, and turn them into future successes.

I learned that kind of work ethic from the teachers I had and I know that students still enjoy that kind of relationship today, outside of Odyssey, outside of the politics, because we still do have awesome individuals who care.

SCATS said...

To 5:14PM ~~ At least you can string two sentences together that aren't riddled with errors! Many can't, too many.

Anonymous said...

What if I was to say that I was a certified teacher, who was looking to break into Greece Central to give back to the kids?

SCATS said...

To 7:43PM ~~ I'm missing something here ... like who you are directing your question towards and what you might be responding to?

Charlie Hubbard said...

2 quick comments from one of the 'right wing' 'beaurocrats' as you put it.
#1 You did your counterparts and your profession no favors with this posting.
#2 Your union is doing what about this?
You do however demonstrate what is so prevalent in public education today and or in government in general - 'it's always someone elses fault'.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Once again, we focus on an obvious typo ("redemial"). If it were "remeadeal" or "remeedial" I could understand your penchant for ridiculing poor spelling, etc. But really, isn't this one an obvious case of hitting the wrong keys? (And before you say "spell check," there are times when it is not possible to go back and fix errors without typing the whole thing over again. Can we please give this nit-picking a rest, and focus on the intent of the posting, and give the nit-picking a rest? Thank you.

SCATS said...

To Charlie Hubbard ~~ Your points are well-made.

To 10:21PM ~~ Had there been just one "obvious" typo, it would have been ignored. If you read the comment closely, you'll see it's riddled with errors.

Anonymous said...

I think the important thing to note here is how well the technology works in the building. I've been working here for years and am amazed at the diligence of OZ. The changes and improvements to the school have made this a great place to work.

Charlie Hubbard said...

Scats; I have said it before and make no apology for saying it again - the service you provide this community is soooo important. When residents have a concern where else would they go if 'you' were not here.
Thanks again Scats.

SCATS said...

Thanks, Charlie.

Anonymous said...

Scats, 10:21 here. My comment was referring to your criticism of 4:14, not the original poster. As far as I can see, 4:14's only "typo" was "redemial," which you so predictably pointed out.

SCATS said...

To 4:49PM ~~ As far as you can see, huh?? THAT'S the problem then. Time for some new glasses ;)

Anonymous said...

OK, Scats, other than "redemial," please point out the other errors 4:14 made that you think I missed.

SCATS said...

To 10:32PM ~~ Shall I send you my bill for editing/tutoring services? I'm only pointing out the errors that are typos or from not bothering with quick proof-reading. The poor punctuation is quite atrocious, too. This is supposed to be a written work, not a conversation.

Anonymous said...
When you received your NYS teacher certification and NYS teaching license it did not it say that you would have your own classroom, grade level or only bright, motivated students.
You are paid to teach and increase their levels of academic knowledge and the increase their abilities. Many teachers, in the USA, only dream to have the excellent teaching conditions that Greece provides for you.
I suggest you start with a redemial writing English course for yourself. Then if you are "truly very bitter, sad and depressed" please resign from education to do the students and the district a favor. You owe it to yourself, the students and the district as you state your classroom is a living "Hell"

You make yourself look so....foolish and the sad part is that you don't even realize it because you are so mentally disturbed.


10/23/2012 4:14 PM

Anonymous said...

Scats. If there's a nit within a 50-mile radius, you'll pick it!

SCATS said...

To 4:07PM ~~ There's NEVER just one ;)

Anonymous said...

Good time Chalie, it's become obvious to all that the cat never scratches you. Could it be because you scatch his or her back?
Some of us don't share you views on the value of this venue regarding the pluses or minuses created by this blog
you have often been characterized by some in this community as a one trick pony in your disdain for unions and contracts and teacher absenteeism and related costs.
As you look down on us who are trying to do an ever increasing difficult job to educate our students under existing conditions that do not in any way lend themselves to our goal of providing the best possible education for all our students try a little understanding when sitting in judgement of our profession.This something you DEFINATELY not qualified to do
I've been around for a while in this district and I believe I'm qualified to say you should be the last person to be critical of the condition of present day Greece Central. Before being critical of others, you should reflect on two
Huge mistakes you made as a board member. Namely, voting to hire Steve Walts and Steve Achromvitch as superintendants. I rest my case.






SCATS said...

To 10:44AM ~~ You keep saying you've left this BLOG, won't read it, won't write in any more ... but here you are yet AGAIN ;)

I believe Mr. Hubbard has already told us about the mistake made concerning Achramovitch's hiring. In that instance, I believe his support would have been the tie-breaking vote. I'm not sure if he was even on the BOE when Walts was hired. If he was, I don't believe there was any tie to break (no other candidate either?) in that instance anyway.

I hate to do it again BUT there you go, claiming to be an employee on the one hand (GOD SAVE US!) then immediately giving us reason to sit in judgement about your ineptitude by misspelling a word any 8th grader should nail. Worse yet, you put it in CAPS!!:
"This something you DEFINATELY not qualified to do
I've been around for a while in this district ... "

Anonymous said...

Straight from the "Urban Dictionary":

1. definately
Idiot-speak for "definitely". One of the most common moronic misspellings found on the internet.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Scats but I have no idea what you are talking about. I have been involved in our teachers union for some time. Long before Walts came to Greece. I was at the meeting when Walts was hired and I can assure you that Mr Hubbard was a board member and did vote to hire Walts.I meant no disrespect for Charlie as back then who could have known what damage Walts would do in the time he was here. I simply wanted to remind Mr Hubbard that people that live in glass houses should not throw stones.
To be perfectly honest, most of us teachers who know Charlie are sick and tired of his tirades against our profession and the fact that we chose to become organized as permitted by the law,A law he hates with a passion as much as he hates the fact that this results in a ( with your permission ) CONTRACT ! And to think of it now, this is a man who came to us and asked for our unions endorsement when he ran for the board in 2005.promising to correct the unfair working conditions we were enduring, Over the objections of many on our executive committee,he gained our endorsement . To that I think it's fair to say that in this case when you roll the dice, sometimes you win sometimes you lose.
As far as Iam concerned, I wish Mr Hubbard would give up on that same old broken record he has been spinning for so long and buy a new CD for his RCA Victor phonograph
On a related note regarding CONTRACTS, as a former kodaker,Charlie what happened to your health care and what is your union prepared to do about it. Lol

SCATS said...

To 7:43PM ~~ I do share many of his views, especially as relates to unions, tenure, contracts & the teaching "profession" ... a term I use loosely to identify those who are supposed to be educating our youth. Any teacher who can't compose a paragraph that isn't littered with errors of spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, etc. should be FIRED ASAP.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 7:43 (anonymous)
So you'll sleep better I'll clear up some of your misgivings - not that it matters. I was first elected to the board in 1998 - the same years Mr. Walts started - he was already hired. I have said he was the best candidate available and would have supported his hiring.
I could not care less if some are sick and tired of my tirates. Public education will continue to decline as long as we have worthless, do/nothing, give/away contracts that I have said many times are as worthless as the mammory glands on a chicken. School board members who approve these type of contracts should be arrested for child abuse and taxpayer fraud.
Now to the biggest lie in your posting - not one time did you ever hear me ask for the endorsement of the unions. As a matter of fact when I ran in 2005 with HMO M and O got your endorsement, I did not. I 'meant' with the union but not one time did I ask for their endosement. The people who vote are taxpayers, when 'they' endorse you via their vote I always had this crazy idea it was 'them' that I was to represent - it is their kids we are 'suppost' to be educating and it is their money we are spending (every nickle) comes from them.

So anonymous if you chose to attack me, fine. I am glad I got under 'your' skin. I can assure you there is plenty more coming. All I ask is that you at least 'try' to be honest about it.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com

Anonymous said...

No way you wrote this post No way. This is undoubtedly a post by a ghost writer. MAMMORY GLANDS ON A CHICKEN.? Please don't make us laugh . This from one who has a problem with use of THEIR AND THERE. C'mon
Don't insult our intelligence .

SCATS said...

To 10:08AM ~~ Believe me, that is a Charlie Hubbard signature phrase if there ever was one!

Anonymous said...

How old are you people and you are bashing each other over grammatical errors? Grow up!

SCATS said...

To 9:48AM ~~ I'm sorry, but I for one think GCSD should at least try to pretend it's an educational institution. I know of office environments where engineers would be fired for such poor writing skills. In this case, we're talking about SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES (or people who purport to be one) who are supposedly educated beyond an undergrad degree and "professional." They show us how low the bar is set for the students when they don't bother doing better themselves ;)

Anonymous said...

But Charlie is excused for HIS mistakes, right?

Anonymous said...

Aren't you going to tell Charlie is "MAMMARY"? C'mon, you can do it.

SCATS said...

To 2:45PM ~~ He has admitted them. The others haven't.

To 2:47PM ~~ You just did. I bet you were waiting a long time to get to write out that word, right? ;)

Anonymous said...

To the person who wrote the letter, I just wanted to say that I understand your pain. Your Babs was a horrible super at Lyndonville and MANY people were glad to see her go, she did horrible things there and got away with alot. She left when people started to ask questions and caught her in many lies, she new her time was up and her manipulations were not working anymore. Oh don't forget she also went threw 3 rounds of adminstration. I just wanted to let you know she is not done and your doomed, if you don't play her game she will cut you loose. you should talk to people where she worked and find out what she is capable of so that you can stop her.

Anonymous said...

8:33- Here is another post written by someone with a 3rd grade education.

SCATS said...

To 9:30AM ~~ Don't look now, but Greece GRADUATES can't write much better. Same is true for many on the BOE ;)