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(Washington Post)   School writes letter to upset parents explaining their students' Kindergarten play was cancelled so they can prepare students for college. Letter shows the administrators should consider retaking English 101   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2014-04-27 01:22:59 PM  
Next step:  having all pregnancies c-sectioned at 30 weeks, so that they have a critical ten-extra-weeks of life to prepare them for college and career.

The letter really is a great example of educational philosophy in the 21st century, though.
 
2014-04-27 01:55:22 PM  
For a moment I thought the school was a K-12 and the high school seniors were doing SAT Prep at that time, but no, it's an elementary school.

WTF? Who thought that would be a good idea?
 
2014-04-27 02:06:49 PM  
"Is our children learning?"
 
2014-04-27 02:49:02 PM  
It's like an episode from The Partridge Family.
 
2014-04-27 03:27:58 PM  
Yes, taking away something that they had looked forward to is most definitely in their best interests.
 
2014-04-27 03:30:46 PM  
With morans like this in charge you may actually be better off just turning on sesame street for a few hours a day.

Can you picture the 28 year old janitor shaking his head in remorse? "if only I had been studying instead of doing that stupid play when I was 4"

Ya me either.
 
2014-04-27 03:31:14 PM  
Teacher, "rigting" a letter.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-27 03:37:10 PM  
I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.
 
2014-04-27 03:38:12 PM  
Yet the football game probably still went on, the farkin nazi hypocites.
 
2014-04-27 03:38:31 PM  
So what's the REAL reason you canceled the play? Too much god or not enough?
 
2014-04-27 03:38:35 PM  
Dear parents,

We humbly apologise for the sudden cancellation of the kindergarten play. Unfortunately, due to recent and widespread outbreaks of behaviour amongst the student population, we have no choice but to use this time to schedule a hastily prepared yet vital two day seminar for the children on the subject "Just say no to eating paste."


Kind regards, etc etc,


The load of incompetents ruining this school.


PS. The above should, of course, read "running this school." But as no one here knows how to correct it it's all water under the bridge as far as we're concerned.
 
2014-04-27 03:39:04 PM  
Of course, the article HAS to blame Obama for this somehow.......
 
2014-04-27 03:39:52 PM  
Google translate "bullshiatese" to English:

"Please do not fault us for making professional decisions that we know will never be able to please everyone "

"Fark you we didn't want to do this so screw off"
 
2014-04-27 03:41:14 PM  
I wonder if this has anything to do with school funds, possibly maybe some misappropriation involved. Did they go over-budget somewhere else? They're just stone-walling. We're still reeling in Atlanta from the public school scandal in 2011, where teachers were finding clever ways to change grades or take the kids off the school record instead of teaching the concepts or directing the kids to additional help. They should see if funding was a cause.

This woman made $600,000 in bonuses in addition to her annual $400,000 salary by changing grades, un-enrolling children in need of additional help, etc...
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-27 03:42:24 PM  

MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.


Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.
 
2014-04-27 03:43:19 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Of course, the article HAS to blame Obama for this somehow.......


Blame Carter for Reagan which lead to Bush which gave us Clinton who gave us Bush who gave us Obama.  Thanks a lot you asshole President Taft!
 
2014-04-27 03:46:30 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.


Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.
 
2014-04-27 03:48:28 PM  
'i' before 'e' except when I pee...

www.seriouseats.com
 
2014-04-27 03:53:31 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.

Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.


This.
 
2014-04-27 03:59:48 PM  
Jump back!
 
2014-04-27 04:00:58 PM  
When I taught at an elementary school, our new administrator came in, all bluster and "you're gonna follow my way" sort of stuff.  Then he sent out his first memo, which was so poorly written that it didn't make sense.  I eventually found this guy's dissertation online, and it, too, was filled with horrible grammar and was almost indecipherable in places.
 
2014-04-27 04:02:43 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: When I taught at an elementary school, our new administrator came in, all bluster and "you're gonna follow my way" sort of stuff.  Then he sent out his first memo, which was so poorly written that it didn't make sense.  I eventually found this guy's dissertation online, and it, too, was filled with horrible grammar and was almost indecipherable in places.


Did you red pen the mistakes and thoughtfully send it back?
 
2014-04-27 04:02:45 PM  
That letter...

They didn't even indent. How is this possible?

How so these educators keep their jobs?

Yes, if you are an educator, you should have an infraction placed on your record for sending a letter this pathetic out into the public.
 
2014-04-27 04:03:23 PM  
School was upset since kid could read before Kindergarten. She wanted to learn. Wasn't taught the school's approved way.

They were also upset at her chosen TV shows. This Old House (Bob Vila), Last Chance Garage, and Cosmos. She had a crush on Carl Sagan. Told the school, no profanity, nudity, violence or any other off the wall behavior and to mind their business.

Also called the kid a liar when she made a statement about Saturn. We do have a telescope and she had seen it, so she was right and the teacher was wrong.

I'd still teach reading using phonics and I don't give a RA what the educators say.
 
2014-04-27 04:13:08 PM  

MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.


www.scifibloggers.com

"We will wipe, wipe, wipe, wipe away the plasma..."
 
2014-04-27 04:13:24 PM  
First thing I thought of while reading that trainwreck:

LAUGHTER OL
 
2014-04-27 04:15:42 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play


Remember, sometimes you are you're education.
 
2014-04-27 04:15:49 PM  
Ha. I will admit you're right. I'll even laugh at the unintended pun of "instrumental" in this case. Sure, I confuse words, I usually have my hubby proof read most of my stuff.

But still, the fact remains that I learned all of my basic performing skills from my early education. I can sing in 7 different languages, sightread in 4, memorize things easily, etc, etc.

I just hate the arts being taken out of schools.
 
2014-04-27 04:17:31 PM  
Once upon a time there was a federal education ministry with much more money than influence. So they decided one fine day to seek their policy data and KPIs in the lower primary schools. NAPLAN was a grand, beautiful thing, which compared the rich and the poor, the black and the white, so that the federal department could identify areas of need and fund localised support programs. But the NAPLAN had woken two terrible sets of monsters, the school-shopping parents and the doofus school principals. Soon the land was full of desperation and fear as teachers were told to teach 7 year olds to the test.
 
2014-04-27 04:23:52 PM  

tylerdurden217: JoieD'Zen: Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.

Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.

This.


Yep, and even those of us who enjoy and excel in math and science aren't necessarily all that successful or productive. I have two bachelor's degrees in sciences and I'm still unemployed, LOL. That's me, an educated American building the future of our nation and the world. Too bad I can't act.
 
2014-04-27 04:24:59 PM  
They must be stressed to the limits and kept from running around....like...well...kids, then we need to dope them up because they won't stop fidegting for some reason! It's the dangdest thing.

No fun even for small children!
 
2014-04-27 04:26:29 PM  

MezzoPips: Ha. I will admit you're right. I'll even laugh at the unintended pun of "instrumental" in this case. Sure, I confuse words, I usually have my hubby proof read most of my stuff.

But still, the fact remains that I learned all of my basic performing skills from my early education. I can sing in 7 different languages, sightread in 4, memorize things easily, etc, etc.

I just hate the arts being taken out of schools.


No argument here they are important
 
2014-04-27 04:27:01 PM  

Northern Claw: School was upset since kid could read before Kindergarten. She wanted to learn. Wasn't taught the school's approved way.

They were also upset at her chosen TV shows. This Old House (Bob Vila), Last Chance Garage, and Cosmos. She had a crush on Carl Sagan. Told the school, no profanity, nudity, violence or any other off the wall behavior and to mind their business.

Also called the kid a liar when she made a statement about Saturn. We do have a telescope and she had seen it, so she was right and the teacher was wrong.

I'd still teach reading using phonics and I don't give a RA what the educators say.


Good job!  My mother had the same attitude.  My fourth grade teacher complained to her in a PT Conference that I needed to read books "more appropriate to my age level", because my "vocabulary included too many bigs words the other children didn't understand."

My mom told the teacher that I was encouraged to read anything I wanted to read, and perhaps instead of complaining about my vocabulary, the teacher could use the time to teach the other children the meaning of the words.  When mom found out the real problem was that I used words the teacher didn't understand, she started encouraging me to read and use as many "big words" as I could, and teach them to the other kids at recess.
 
2014-04-27 04:29:54 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Yes, taking away something that they had looked forward to is most definitely in their best interests.


Hey, life's unfair.
The school is teaching them this valuable life lesson young.
 
2014-04-27 04:32:04 PM  

MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.


Elwood and the other guy agree.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-27 04:42:32 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.


My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.
 
2014-04-27 04:42:45 PM  
This is the effect of common core. High stakes testing leads schools to teach the tests to make sure they keep their funding. fark the kids minds, there's bribe money at stake.

Our children have been sold. The public school system has been replaced with a private, for profit system. The data that is being collected on childen and given to private corps makes the NSA jealous.
 
2014-04-27 04:44:26 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-27 04:46:45 PM  

Ambivalence: For a moment I thought the school was a K-12 and the high school seniors were doing SAT Prep at that time, but no, it's an elementary school.  WTF? Who thought that would be a good idea?


Some faculty members who should've been preparing the kids for their annual play, but neglected to.
 
2014-04-27 04:47:33 PM  
Between the federal government imposing the stupidity of Common Core and the teacher unions, are we really surprised?
 
2014-04-27 04:49:49 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.


Don't worry. As long as your contractions are more than 10 minutes apart, you still have plenty of time.
 
2014-04-27 04:49:50 PM  

MezzoPips: Ha. I will admit you're right. I'll even laugh at the unintended pun of "instrumental" in this case. Sure, I confuse words, I usually have my hubby proof read most of my stuff.

But still, the fact remains that I learned all of my basic performing skills from my early education. I can sing in 7 different languages, sightread in 4, memorize things easily, etc, etc.

I just hate the arts being taken out of schools.


Yes, but if we don't start now, before we know it, the kids have graduated and are in jobs before the real soul crushing begins.  The point is to start in kindergarten, so by second grade, third at the latest, the children's spirits will be killed and they will be ready to take their places in the fodder-filled economic battlefield of the future.
 
2014-04-27 04:50:21 PM  
We know where Meow Said The Dog works.
 
2014-04-27 04:50:56 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.


Hopefully you disabled auto-correct when you wrote that letter.
 
2014-04-27 04:57:14 PM  
Yeah let's take an extra two days to get kindergartners ready for the 21st century reality of an over-saturated college degree job market.

/Best interests my ass.
//The stupid really does burn
 
2014-04-27 05:02:22 PM  

WTFDYW: We know where Meow Said The Dog works.


I could just picture Meow teaching preschool kids as something like this:

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"I've got a great trick to play on a three year old kid. Whenever you're around them, talk wrong. So, now it's like his first day of school and he says to the teacher, 'May I Mambo dogface to the banana patch?' Put that kid in a special class or something."
 
2014-04-27 05:02:59 PM  
When I first read the article and letter, I laughed out loud.

As a future teacher and current opponent of the Common Core standards, especially in New York State, this article clearly shows why Common Core won't work. I know the school felt pressured to cancel this play, but wouldn't a play with other students be one of the best ways to help students of any age "become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers?"

Plus, the grammar in this letter must drive even amateur Fark Grammar Nazis insane.
 
2014-04-27 05:04:41 PM  
Kindergarten
'college and career ready.'


Yeah they tried this with us in elementary school. They tried giving us the "real world" scary speech, all that.

Too bad I had already been accepted to a (not so impressive, local, almost CC) college when I tried taking the SAT for fun. I hadn't decided to go to college at that age (afraid I might turn into a Fark-reading weirdo or something).

But I had tried walking around their college. Being the cute little kid everybody wanted to talk to. (More awkward than flattering but thanks.) Sitting in some classes.

I went ahead and told my whole elementary school class our teacher was full of shiat and there was far LESS busywork/shiatwork in college. And that the "real world" was after college, where my father got to do whatever the hell he wanted for homework, after he was done painting/fixing staircases/remodeling bathrooms/all the other stuff he did.

This did not help to wash off my know-it-all smartass reputation with my teacher.
 
2014-04-27 05:06:46 PM  

JoieD'Zen: whizbangthedirtfarmer: When I taught at an elementary school, our new administrator came in, all bluster and "you're gonna follow my way" sort of stuff.  Then he sent out his first memo, which was so poorly written that it didn't make sense.  I eventually found this guy's dissertation online, and it, too, was filled with horrible grammar and was almost indecipherable in places.

Did you red pen the mistakes and thoughtfully send it back?


Considering how our relationship ended, I certainly couldn't have done worse.  That said, my wife currently works for an admin who is just as bad.  During a school meeting, he also announced he new play, Les Miserables, but pronounced it "Less Miserables."  As in miserable.
 
2014-04-27 05:11:30 PM  
Not enough "donations" from the parents this year?

I know, let's shiatcan the play. That will teach them to be more generous in the future.
 
2014-04-27 05:13:45 PM  
My first thought was did this school have a lot of snow days this year? If they over ran their built in snow days I can see them cancelling the play to make up for days missed.

My second thought was that there was probably 1 teacher that had done all of the organization for the show for years, and that teacher retired or left the school. Now they can't find any teachers that are willing to step into that role.

But anyway the excuse they gave was BS and she should just really tell the truth instead of making something up that they think people will find acceptable, because whenever you do that it usually turns out sounding extra silly.
 
2014-04-27 05:14:19 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.


The school administration could have used a proofreader, too.
 
2014-04-27 05:17:44 PM  

megarian: Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.

Hopefully you disabled auto-correct when you wrote that letter.


Absolutely not. I find nobody takes that kind of letter serious unless it looks genuine. Meaning written by someone who enjoys NASCAR and Wrestling. Sorry wrastling.
 
2014-04-27 05:21:01 PM  

dan_kronske: When I first read the article and letter, I laughed out loud.

As a future teacher and current opponent of the Common Core standards, especially in New York State, this article clearly shows why Common Core won't work. I know the school felt pressured to cancel this play, but wouldn't a play with other students be one of the best ways to help students of any age "become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers?"

Plus, the grammar in this letter must drive even amateur Fark Grammar Nazis insane.


It's really, quite bad.
 
2014-04-27 05:22:36 PM  
Because disappointing 5 and 6 year old kids prepares them for college and career paths.

/okay, it does, but it's still an ass thing to do
 
2014-04-27 05:26:17 PM  
Facepalm? Doesn't even approach describing the fail in this...

i.imgbox.com
 
2014-04-27 05:30:15 PM  
It would be darkly funny if 18 years later, their prom gets cancelled so that they can focus on thinking about having fun after high school before college because phew, they need a break after all that preparation.

And if all their favorite shows got cancelled after being advertised. Down, boy.
 
2014-04-27 05:34:10 PM  
As an older adult, I look back over my education and realize that at least half of the staff who taught me should never have been allowed to interact with children.
 
2014-04-27 05:43:02 PM  
Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)
 
2014-04-27 05:46:15 PM  

E5bie: Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)


Stephanie's cursive "S" is not in cursive, it's clearly printed. The paper merits an F-- from me just for that alone.
 
2014-04-27 05:49:48 PM  
Instead of the play, they should have pit the students against each other "American Gladiator-style". That would prepare them for the future that lies ahead.

/ throw in some Chinese and Indian kids to make it more realistic
 
2014-04-27 05:51:12 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Considering how our relationship ended, I certainly couldn't have done worse. That said, my wife currently works for an admin who is just as bad. During a school meeting, he also announced he new play, Les Miserables, but pronounced it "Less Miserables." As in miserable.


How *do* these people obtain and retain jobs? Is it patronage? Payoffs? They know someone? The know someone carnally? They know someone's body dumping ground? It's like the higher people score on the Dunning-Krueger the higher their takehome pay is.
 
2014-04-27 05:51:17 PM  

Nick Nostril: Instead of the play, they should have pit the students against each other "American Gladiator-style". That would prepare them for the future that lies ahead.

/ throw in some Chinese and Indian kids to make it more realistic


It'll be more realistic if the Chinese and Indian kids are given extra weapons and training beforehand.
 
2014-04-27 06:05:47 PM  

MezzoPips: Ha. I will admit you're right. I'll even laugh at the unintended pun of "instrumental" in this case. Sure, I confuse words, I usually have my hubby proof read most of my stuff.

But still, the fact remains that I learned all of my basic performing skills from my early education. I can sing in 7 different languages, sightread in 4, memorize things easily, etc, etc.

I just hate the arts being taken out of schools.


Hey, I've got a higher degree in a hard science and I totally agree with you. Especially in elementary school, I learned a lot more in music class than in math. Even later on, English lit was one of my favorite courses. Kids have got to see a little bit of everything. STEM is important, but so is reading and playing/singing. At the very least, people who don't appreciate music/theater/literature are weird. And tend to be poor scientists.
 
2014-04-27 06:33:40 PM  
"College and career ready" is the catchphrase of Common Core. The language of the entire letter is a passive aggressive tantrum about common core. It is true that a lot of fun activities not strictly related to academics have gone by the wayside due to CC. Most schools should however be able to find time for a perhaps toned down kindergarten play. This school is instead going with, "See how we are all SUFFERING to make sure YOUR CHILDREN are passing the new standards!" Rather childish, really.
 
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2014-04-27 06:37:10 PM  

ChubbyTiger: MezzoPips: Ha. I will admit you're right. I'll even laugh at the unintended pun of "instrumental" in this case. Sure, I confuse words, I usually have my hubby proof read most of my stuff.

But still, the fact remains that I learned all of my basic performing skills from my early education. I can sing in 7 different languages, sightread in 4, memorize things easily, etc, etc.

I just hate the arts being taken out of schools.

Hey, I've got a higher degree in a hard science and I totally agree with you. Especially in elementary school, I learned a lot more in music class than in math. Even later on, English lit was one of my favorite courses. Kids have got to see a little bit of everything. STEM is important, but so is reading and playing/singing. At the very least, people who don't appreciate music/theater/literature are weird. And tend to be poor scientists.


We are currently teaching our kids that learning anything beyond what makes you a good corporate drone is dumb.  It's beyond sad, it's abusive.
 
2014-04-27 06:38:03 PM  
Grammar and typos aside, the letter is just poorly written. Good writing is good thinking. Poor writing is, well...
 
2014-04-27 06:38:47 PM  

namegoeshere: "College and career ready" is the catchphrase of Common Core. The language of the entire letter is a passive aggressive tantrum about common core. It is true that a lot of fun activities not strictly related to academics have gone by the wayside due to CC. Most schools should however be able to find time for a perhaps toned down kindergarten play. This school is instead going with, "See how we are all SUFFERING to make sure YOUR CHILDREN are passing the new standards!" Rather childish, really.


Also, "You people sat on your asses with your heads in the sand while common core was being discussed and planned, and now that it's here, you're upset that we can't do the fun things that we used to do because we have to teach more common core stuff. Now you will just have to reap what you have sown through your passive ignorance."

They do have a point with that, but they are going about it in a childish, passive aggressive way.
 
2014-04-27 06:41:18 PM  

walktoanarcade: Stephanie's cursive "S" is not in cursive, it's clearly printed. The paper merits an F-- from me just for that alone.


Speaking of "Useless crap that takes an enormous amount of classroom time without doing anything at all to prepare the students for their lives and careers..."
 
2014-04-27 07:09:53 PM  
"In most states, educators are evaluated in large part on test scores of students (sometimes students they don't have) and on showing that their students are "college and career ready," the mantra of the Obama administration's education initiatives. "

See?  Obama's fault.  Proof that we need to dismantle public education and privatize it all.
 
2014-04-27 07:17:49 PM  

Man On Pink Corner: walktoanarcade: Stephanie's cursive "S" is not in cursive, it's clearly printed. The paper merits an F-- from me just for that alone.

Speaking of "Useless crap that takes an enormous amount of classroom time without doing anything at all to prepare the students for their lives and careers..."


I think I posted in the wrong spot or it got eaten, but cursive is useful for reading millions of historical documents. Knowing history is cool and valuable.

It's also beautiful if you get it right, so it's an art too.
We'd be shortchanging ourselves by keeping the pool of readers low.
 
2014-04-27 07:39:20 PM  

theorellior: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Considering how our relationship ended, I certainly couldn't have done worse. That said, my wife currently works for an admin who is just as bad. During a school meeting, he also announced he new play, Les Miserables, but pronounced it "Less Miserables." As in miserable.

How *do* these people obtain and retain jobs? Is it patronage? Payoffs? They know someone? The know someone carnally? They know someone's body dumping ground? It's like the higher people score on the Dunning-Krueger the higher their takehome pay is.


In the case of my admin, it was someone he knew.  His father had been in the school system for some time, and he called in some favors.  Up until that point, the guy was a math teacher and then an assistant admin and was hated at almost every school he went to.  Not because he was purposefully bad, but because he was ineptly bad.  As in, unable to communicate, and then getting pissed when you wouldn't understand.  So, they transferred him to the school I was at, which was essentially a purgatory.  Maybe 300 students max, and he's the only admin there.  The teachers all dislike to hate him, and he keeps applying for jobs in central office.  I keep wondering how he's not managed to get into CO, and then I realize that his father probably cashed in every favor, and that CO probably doesn't want him around, either.
 
2014-04-27 07:46:20 PM  

E5bie: Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)


First sentence: "We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st century are changing schools, and, more specifically, to clarify, misperceptions about the Kindergarten show."

Sure, it scans. Sorta. But the grammar in it is being water-boarded.

The second sentence has a sic to help you find it.
 
2014-04-27 08:24:30 PM  

E5bie: Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)


Subby here.

FTFA:"It is most important to keep in mind is [sic] that this issue is not unique to Elwood."
          "We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills and know that we can best do that by having them become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers. "

Also, as someone else had pointed out, the entire article is a biatch fest about hoe much Common Core sucks, written passively without addressing the topic it was supposed to address.

I get being mad about Common Core, but at least be decently articulate about it, education administrators.

/useless slashie
 
2014-04-27 08:30:16 PM  
Long Island.

How thoroughly unsurprising.

And the administrators calling the shots here will be gone soon enough - better-dealing themselves into other high-dollar administrative positions throughout the tri-state area.
 
2014-04-27 08:46:14 PM  

PapaChester: How so these educators keep their jobs?


theorellior: How *do* these people obtain and retain jobs? Is it patronage? Payoffs? They know someone? The know someone carnally? They know someone's body dumping ground? It's like the higher people score on the Dunning-Krueger the higher their takehome pay is.


New York.

Unless you're one of the janitors or bus-drivers, you don't get shiatcanned unless you're caught balls-deep in the school mascot in the middle of the basketball court.
 
2014-04-27 08:50:52 PM  
www.appletvhacks.net
She's only six!
 
2014-04-27 09:09:28 PM  

LordOfThePings: E5bie: Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)

First sentence: "We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st century are changing schools, and, more specifically, to clarify, misperceptions about the Kindergarten show."

Sure, it scans. Sorta. But the grammar in it is being water-boarded.

The second sentence has a sic to help you find it.


To be fair, the comma after "to clarify" appears to be a typo from the article author.  It's not there in the picture of the letter.
 
2014-04-27 09:09:28 PM  

LordOfThePings: E5bie: Will subby or someone please point out precisely which grammar rules were violated in the letter?

I read the stupid missive, and while it sounds awkward, super-snobby and biatchy, everything scans as technically correct.

Maybe it's because I've encountered people who actually talk like that? (They're all horrible elite-school nasties.)

First sentence: "We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st century are changing schools, and, more specifically, to clarify, misperceptions about the Kindergarten show."

Sure, it scans. Sorta. But the grammar in it is being water-boarded.

The second sentence has a sic to help you find it.


That sentence fails for the comma after clarify. It's not as bad as the increasingly common comma between a verb and its subject, but you would still never pause there, right between a verb and its object, when speaking.
 
2014-04-27 09:12:06 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.


Are you really claiming that you originally wrote "your" and autocorrect changed it to you're?  No autocorrect has ever done that, you're full of shiat.
 
2014-04-27 09:18:06 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: JoieD'Zen: whizbangthedirtfarmer: When I taught at an elementary school, our new administrator came in, all bluster and "you're gonna follow my way" sort of stuff.  Then he sent out his first memo, which was so poorly written that it didn't make sense.  I eventually found this guy's dissertation online, and it, too, was filled with horrible grammar and was almost indecipherable in places.

Did you red pen the mistakes and thoughtfully send it back?

Considering how our relationship ended, I certainly couldn't have done worse.  That said, my wife currently works for an admin who is just as bad.  During a school meeting, he also announced he new play, Les Miserables, but pronounced it "Less Miserables."  As in miserable.


My first thought was 'please tell me you live in a southern state so I can find some excuse' then I cleekd you.
I have fond memories of VA and road trips with my daughter. Such gracious people. Beautiful architecture and history.

/would not live there
//white
///left coaster
////unrepentant
 
2014-04-27 09:27:31 PM  

Heywood Jublowme: Danger Avoid Death: Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play

Remember, sometimes you are you're education.

My apologies for auto correct and its improper use of contractions. I assure you I wrote a strongly worded letter to the makers.


when your being dickish, you should proofreed.
 
2014-04-27 09:30:13 PM  
The language is stilted but I see only one extraneous comma and a superfluous "is" for mistakes.

Not exactly a train wreck, but they should have proofed it.

My local newspaper once reported that a water main "busted" when they should have said it burst.
 
2014-04-27 09:38:03 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: That sentence fails for the comma after clarify. It's not as bad as the increasingly common comma between a verb and its subject, but you would still never pause there, right between a verb and its object, when speaking.


CorruptDB: To be fair, the comma after "to clarify" appears to be a typo from the article author.  It's not there in the picture of the letter.


Ah, thanks. It also appears to be "misconceptions."
 
2014-04-27 10:16:09 PM  

PapaChester: That letter...

They didn't even indent. How is this possible?

 These days most business letters follow the full-block style, with nothing indented. In this style, everything (the date, inside address, salutation, body, close, and signature block) begins at the left margin. - See more at: http://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2011/05/to-indent - or-not-to-indent-paragraphs.html#sthash.kHrz2Rza.dpuf

 
2014-04-27 11:55:43 PM  

Tetrazphere: I wonder if this has anything to do with school funds, possibly maybe some misappropriation involved. Did they go over-budget somewhere else? They're just stone-walling. We're still reeling in Atlanta from the public school scandal in 2011, where teachers were finding clever ways to change grades or take the kids off the school record instead of teaching the concepts or directing the kids to additional help. They should see if funding was a cause.

This woman made $600,000 in bonuses in addition to her annual $400,000 salary by changing grades, un-enrolling children in need of additional help, etc...


This is what I was thinking. "We need to cancel the play; give out some BS excuse".
 
2014-04-28 01:04:10 AM  
Subby could probably use a little refresher course too.
 
2014-04-28 01:04:51 AM  

graeylin: Good job! My mother had the same attitude. My fourth grade teacher complained to her in a PT Conference that I needed to read books "more appropriate to my age level", because my "vocabulary included too many bigs words the other children didn't understand."

My mom told the teacher that I was encouraged to read anything I wanted to read, and perhaps instead of complaining about my vocabulary, the teacher could use the time to teach the other children the meaning of the words. When mom found out the real problem was that I used words the teacher didn't understand, she started encouraging me to read and use as many "big words" as I could, and teach them to the other kids at recess.


My ex-husband used to accuse me of "making up" words just because he didn't understand them.
 
2014-04-28 01:22:43 AM  
In other words "We are too damned lazy to want to do this anymore, it's so much easier to just bury your kids in homework."

I've a kindergartener and first grader and the amount of pure garbage they bring home to do is ridiculous. So much so it makes me wonder what the blue hell the teacher is teaching them during hours? It's not my damned job to do your job, teacher. That's what my wallet gets raped every year for by your extortionist union.
 
2014-04-28 07:32:58 AM  
What got my attention and annoyance throughout was the evident fact that the administrator/principal was talking down to...the parents.  I know some parents are bedrock stupid but they are the ultimate decision makers for their children and must be accorded the respect due their position.

Anyone remember Wedgie from the Boondocks?  That was the voice I heard.  "Do YOU have a degree from Harvard?! Did YOU go to Harvard?! NO YOU DID NOT! I WENT TO HARVARD so I think I know more than all of you!"
 
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