My friend Christel wrote about a local school district meeting that several moms attended and her experience. I back up Christel 100% on what happened.
I was completely ticked when I saw Jane’s reply. At every turn parents are being marginalized. I will no longer stand for it!
I wanted to email you about a comment that you made on Facebook and about actions at the Monday SAGE meeting. I saw your comments today on Facebook from a post about the SAGE meeting. I was at that meeting as well, as you know. Your comment on fb is misleading to those who were not in attendance.
This “other side” that you mention in your comment shows that there is a divide between parents and schools and also tells us parents that we should just trust the admin and not question. Christel Swasey’s questions and comments were perfectly right for the conversation that evening. If you have read the legislation from the state of Utah and from the federal government you would understand why the questions asked are completely valid. I know, because I have studied these and with a special needs child I understand it even better because of the risks it poses for my children.
I agree the technology that is available is great, and will be helpful, but what administrators fail to see or care about is the big picture. As a mother I want ALL the questions that were asked to be answered. If you understood what Common Core involves and how everything is entangled, you would understand why it is so important to so many parents. Parents want proof!
I was very disappointed at how some of the women who were there were treated. I also was very disappointed with our administrators and teachers who were vocally unkind any time a question was asked. I was also highly disappointed with the very back row when questions were asked. I feel very strongly that parents here in the district are being discredited more and more if their thoughts are not in line with the administrations. I lost a great deal of respect for several people on Monday night.
As public servants, which all teachers and admin are, it is your duty to carefully teach and lead. We still have a voice as local taxpayers and residents, and until we lose that control the taxpayers have the right to question what is being done with our tax dollars. I expect more from this district and the people who are supposed to be examples and teachers to my children.