Unleashed a Beast, Eh?
Among the qualities from which I recoiled during last night’s school committee meeting in Tiverton was the teachers’ apparent enthusiasm for playing the unionist role. I’m simultaneously amused and discouraged to learn that they have actually gotten so much into it that the union itself is having to do some reining in:
Last week, Rearick said there was so much confusion about “contract compliance” that the union leadership had to hold meetings in each school building “to clarify for teachers what they can and cannot do.”
Before the building-level meetings, students were telling administrators and their parents that teachers had refused to serve as class advisers, Rearick said.
“The parents are very upset that kids are being used as pawns, especially at the high school,” Rearick said last week.
“Another issue is that the teachers talk about the dispute at the high school and the middle school” in class, Rearick said.
“The union had to send an internal memo to the teachers telling them to knock it off,” he said.
And of course, Mr. Crowley does his best to wear down whatever meager patina of credibility he has when it comes to concern for the students, the schools, or the community:
Crowley replied, “It’s baffling that he would rely on what the students are telling him to make determinations in a situation like this.”
“That’s really immature,” Crowley said.
Ain’t he clever? It almost makes you want to laugh.
By the way, the woman who brought up the recommendations of Denise deMedeiros’s daughter and (I believe) hissed “twerp” with reference to another school committee member is apparently guidance director Elizabeth Farley.
Yes, the case for private school gets stronger by the day. (As does the case for making school choice a personal crusade.)