Here you will find observations and discussions regarding current issues in public policy. As an educator, a husband, a father of three beautiful girls-my goal is to save the world from itself, for them.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The recent Steve Perry post reminded me...
Earlier in the month I made a comment in response to an inane and arrogant (in other words, completely in character) tweet from Steve Perry (not the guy from Journey), and a shout out of support who clearly is a drinker of the kool aid. I then got caught up in one of those exchanges, where you know that the other person knows truly what's right from wrong, then you start to only think that they do...then your not even really sure. What IS absolutely true is that there is reluctance to examine the respect/pay/even fame of those who operate under different rules. Should selective-enrollment school leaders benefit from recognition and fame for apples to oranges results and obnoxious clown behavior? Should short lived and decidedly damaging impact on classrooms and schools, a dark cloud of secret backers and dishonesty, and WORSE (mouth taping/bee eating/public firing...) be rewarded with money and status? Anyways, it's clear that training has occurred here.
@DMaxMJ@DrStevePerry What is an "easy kid"?
And, in fact, you ARE making money off our kids, right? Isn't that what you're
Interesting..."our" kids, in the collective. I am not real familiar with everything Perry says, I tend to tune out charlatans and salespeople, and especially combinations of the two...but the "our kids" I thought included MY kids...and my students. But this Perry-bot was drawing a line of some sort.
Chris Stewart @DMaxMJ7 Apr Why focus on Dr. Perry who is fighting to save our kids, rather than focus on the gross inequities in the mainline district?
We agree on inequity.steve prep school perry shouldn't criticize teachers of
Mr. Stewart managed, over the course of our extended exchange, to avoid the reality of how selective enrollment practices (acceptance/refusal/expulsion) are tools that help some schools have achievement data that can look good on paper. Being able to block some students/council out some students, require uniforms, contracts, parent participation...what else? I don't know.
Anyways, some tweets are not here-both his and mine, because it was like trying to get rid of a vacuum salesman-except I wanted the salesman to hang around. He clearly worships Perry, and feels strongly about the good things that can be done in those schools with a very particular type of student and the ability to work outside of the mandate to serve ALL students in public schools. Regardless of status, parent involvement, uniforms...
It got a little unusual when I suggested the self-righteousness and praise were not so well deserved when considering criticisms of those who serve ALL coming from those who serve only some. Mr. Stewart compared Steve Perry to Harriet Tubman. Freeing only some slaves and getting criticized.
Nonsense. You defend paychecks. Attacking non-unionized schools is a
predictable response to competition, & to losing In here is where the Tubman thing happens. I am having tech difficulty pasting into here, and expanding all the little conversations, but I hinted that that comparison might have been a little over the top. Chris Stewart @citizenstewart 7 Apr
@DMaxMJ So you define for us what a hero should be and what conditions our community should educate ourselves? And a hero looks like you?
@citizenstewart That's justifiable.Leaders of schools/teachers that can select students criticizing results of those that can't is not..
There's more...I may try to dig it up. But the bottom line is clear: avoid the issue of the indefensible attack and inflate the results. Don't get me wrong, I wish Perry and Stewart success. But the most recognition seems to come in response to the attacks, not the results.