Monday, April 04, 2005

Union brilliance

It’s amazing how much wisdom a local teachers’ union president can pack into one short newsletter article. Here are a few quotes from the March 28 newsletter of the Federal Way Education Association (by union president Shannon Rasmussen) to make you think profound thoughts:

“Instead of ‘No Child Left Behind’, which focuses only on improvement on tests and heavy-handed sanctions, our school system should be interested in seeing that every child have [sic] an opportunity to excel – at something valuable.”

I guess grammar isn’t on the list of valuables.

“It is our job to educate our public.”

“Federal Way should create a school system that we are able to stand behind and defend to the parents of our children.”

Our parents want their children to have the same kind of education that kids get in private schools.”


I sense a lot of biological confusion. But why not let all your surrogate parents send your/their kids to private schools, if that’s what your public wants?

“The best part of investing in the school system kids truly deserve is that the very programs we are finding it necessary to eliminate while playing the game are the ones shown to actually improve the very test scores we know don’t accurately indicate our children’s potential.”

YAY!! Er. Wait. Huh?

These are the people who control public schools. Think about that.

7 Comments:

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're doing the state a favor by putting this on your blog.

BTW: Any word on school levies? Josef's Public Journal seems to be the only blog keeping tabs...

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Seth said...

Oh, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha....
Aren't you just the sweetest thing to suggest that the grammar of a junior high teacher's union newsletter writings reflect on what she teaches to kids in the classroom....
Shall we talk about your chum Charlie Hoff's grammar instead of listening to what he has to say about schools? Or when fire-breathing former FWPS board member Ann Murphy spouts off about how there's more sin in FW high schools than there was in Sodom and Gomorra -- should we listen to see what are the potential problems in our schools, or just remind her that most people spell Gomorrah with a "h" on the end.
You're really freaky about the scabs you pick at, Marsha. Nice try to misdirect people from the actual issues, but you failed again. And you forget that many folks around Western Washington remember the moments when you were less that perfect with grammar or message. That's going to come back to bite when you pick fights in such a childish way as this.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger Marsha Louise said...

Seth: If only the newsletter article was online. I would post the entire piece and put an end to your complacence. I can forgive a couple typos in return for substance and depth, but this...

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger RLG said...

Zeal for a conclusion (all problems stem from lack of funding) can result in the observed confusion of expression: the underlying thought is that it’s the “good programs,” the ones that bear little relationship to measured achievement due to the faulty nature of the tests employed, that our beleaguered public schools are forced to cut due to the paucity of funds going to the support of public education.

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger Author said...

"suggest that the grammar of a junior high teacher's union newsletter writings reflect on what she teaches to kids in the classroom...."

sic

 
At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Instead of ‘No Child Left Behind’, which focuses only on improvement on tests and heavy-handed sanctions, our school system should be interested in seeing that every child have [sic] an opportunity to excel – at something valuable.”

This is not incorrect; it is an instance of the subjunctive in English.

 
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