.by Anura Guruge
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So how come not a SINGLE TEACHER from Alton Central School (ACS) or Alton’s Prospect Mountain High School attended the much vaunted School Board workshop to discuss Common Core?
It is not like teachers don’t attend School Board meetings. They were there in droves earlier in the year when the $18M Bond was being discussed — all seated regimentally together. They attend when awards are being given out.
But, come this crucial, ‘KEY TO THE KIDS’ meeting on Common Core they are conspicuous by their absence.
It could not have been a coincidence or accident.
They were either telling us something or had been told by the Administration to stay away.
Their absence can be interpreted in multiple ways.
As I already said I was disappointed and amazed that the Administration did NOT stand up and defend their decision to pursue Common Core — at least in 2013 – 2014.
We had ancient folks from out-of-town standing up and talking about their teaching experiences from the 1970s — as if that had any bearing on CC.
There were all these non-educators that stood up and claimed that various teachers and unions were against CC.
Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have some of OUR teachers there to give us THEIR impressions.
Because in the end, it is what they think that really matters?
I could be wrong but I have a sneaking feeling that the Administration told them to stay clear to avoid any flack!
That the Administration, to their dismay or otherwise, knows that they do not have a majority support by the Board is probably influencing their decisions.
Don’t we have an anointed, much-hailed ‘Champion of the Children’? How come he wasn’t there? Whether you support CC or not, somebody OTHER THAN the estimable School Board member, Steve Miller, the GUARDING of Alton’s school kids, needs to be there to represent the kids.
The Administration clearly demonstrated that they are not going to stand up.
I am doing my part. Don’t forget that it was I that got the ball rolling on CC — since I knew that we had an issue even more divisive than the $18M Bond. So I am doing my part — though I really am not passionate one way or another about CC. I am a great believer that you can take a child to a playground but you can’t get her to go on the monkey-bars.