So I'm going to write about it. Because I can. Because it's my blog. And there's this thing called Free Speech.
I'm not the only one who writes (or vents) under the guise of free speech. Someone somewhere associated with our school district has chosen to create and write in the blogging world and use it to "inform and comment on educational issues" within the school district. He or she is an anonymous blogger, so I have no idea as to who it is...and even if I did know their name, what are the odds that I would actually know this person? Pretty slim I imagine. I'm not a western New York native, and until recently I've tended to stay inside my little bubble.
When I first stumbled upon said blog, I was...intrigued, shocked, aghast, and infuriated at what I learned about our school district and what was going on that I had no idea of. I suppose I still am. But it's not because of this extra reading material any longer.
This particular blog may "inform"...but it's done very deceitfully. Everyone hides behind an anonymous or created name. There are so many issues in our school district right now, it could be any number of disgruntled former district employees or community members who write the information there. I suppose I still read to stay "in the know", but only to a certain point. I do not engage in the back-biting and name-calling because it's first of all, incredibly immature. Second, when done anonymously, it kind-of loses all credibility, don't you think?
Our school district is just messed up...many school districts are. Budget cuts, lay-offs, and add to it rigorous state mandates that are completely insane for teachers and students...it's just messing everything up within the school system.
I understand all this. You have my sympathies...really!
Oh I'm sure that if any of the faceless anonymous blog commentors at that "other" blog were to get wind of this, I would be on their hit list. After all, how dare I say what they're fighting for and about is not important! But why are we at these school board meetings if not for our children? If you are a pissed-off (oh dear, I used that word again...excuse me)former employee - move on and stop stoking the fire. If you are a school board member being accused...step up. You either did, or you didn't. Be accountable for your actions. What is important to me is getting my children out of their sardine-packed classrooms. What is important to me is making sure my kids are not missing out on learning something completely amazing when they've been stuck sitting through HOURS of meaningless state-mandated testing. What is important to me, is seeing the teachers who make a real difference in the lives of my children having a job to come back to every year.