COMMENT OF THE DAY #1:
But just to humour you, let's just say that your incorrect understanding of the B word was correct. Wouldn't it also be somewhat BULLYISH to even call another child a BULLY? Or even a B? It isn't nice to call or label anyone in a negative way, especially a chilld. EVER. The point is: Mr. McCurry is a hypocrite. People shouldn't go around criticizing others on a blog OR a newspaper OR in person and think that bullying is only possible when it is on the internet! It is still bullying if it happens in a phone call, in person, with or without your name attached. It is still bullying if it happens at a board of education meeting, on the playground or in a fraternity. Look at what happened in D86 the other day when Manley berated a high schooler for starting a petition because she was offended by it! The petition was not respectful to Ms. Manley, but from what I understand, Ms. Manley has a long history of not showing respect. That's why everyone wants her to resign! Manley doesn't give respect to anyone else, yet somehow expect it from everyone! Skoda's group feels that they are the only ones who are EVER right. They refuse to see the point of views of others. Ms. Manley was so frightened of a child exercising her freedom of speech, that she started to berate her. Just like Mr. McCurry attacks the blog. Will Ms. Manley ever agree with the high schooler? Probably not. But that girl still has every right to pass out flyers or start a petition. And the blog has every right to exist.
Like the Skoda crew, Amy McCurry believes that she and her ideas are above reproach, evidence and policies. That only a few deserve power over what is occuirng in our children's schools. They feel it's acceptable to berate, dismiss, or ignore others, but God Forbid someone else criticize THEM. That's just not ok. Bullying doesn't just happen at D86 meetings. It has been happening over and over at D181 meetings for for years now. It doesn't JUST happen on anonymous internet sites. It happens to teachers from Adminisitrators, principals to teachers, parents to teachers, and bosses to employees. It comes about when one person refuses to accept the FACT that in America, having a differing opinion is legal. Especially when it concerns your own child's public education. We don't have to agree with the people who run our public schools. They are not private! Parents need to speak up. People who do speak up are taking the time to GO to meetings and participate. They are LEARNING about the issues and concerns that are facing our kids. Just like the the McCurrys, these parents also deserve respect.
Criticism part of life, especially if you choose to put yourself in the public eye. Have you ever read Angie's List? Amazon.com? A product review on Sears or Nordstorms? For your doctor? If you haven't, I am not sure where you have been. When my childrens educations are being led in uncharted, unsupported territory with my own tax dollars, you better bet I will speak up. And if the way I want to do it is through a public blog that gives access to EVERYONE, what is wrong with that? That is better than the secretive D181 administration does! Sure, I could post on The Wives of Hinsdale website or go laugh at the Commity House's spoof on our town, but I just think my time would be better spent posting on a blog that concerns itself with my child's education. What's wrong with that? If you don't like it, don't do it. And if I want to criticize an article that a candidate's husband writes in the paper, I can. That's my right. Just as it is yours to criticize what I write on this blog. But get over yourself. If you don't like what is on this blog, go start your own blog. But let's face it, you would be too narrow minded to ever post anything that you didn't agree with. Just like a bully.
I, for one, really don’t care who the Hinsdalean endorsed today. Like a reader said before, that paper goes from my driveway to the garbage, never coming out of the little plastic bag it arrives in. And the only reason I know who was endorsed was because of this blog. I have not even read the article. I learned long ago that Pam Lannom paints a very different picture than what actually occurs at board meetings so it really should come as no surprise to anyone that the endorsements were presented as they were. I choose to look at the Hinsdalean not endorsing Gray as a positive. So bare with me......The Hinsdalean is about portraying a perfect town. And don’t get me wrong it is truly a beautiful place. It’s one of the reasons we moved here. On the surface it’s everything a family could ask for....gorgeous homes, tree lined streets, a quaint little down town, so many parks to choose from, but the real draw....the schools. And the Hinsdalean does its part to perpetuate this image of perfectionism. But as many people have found out once you start peeling back the layers, things don’t look so pretty in Mayberry. And it’s not just with the state of our district, it’s a lot of things, but I’ll stick to the education piece. I’ve attended board meetings and have left them blown away. Put it this way, I wouldn’t have a job if I pulled half the stuff some of these administrators have pulled, from incompetence to insubordination. And I would be dismissed from sitting on the board of directors of an organization in the real world if I were as disengaged as some of those members are. And all of this all at the expense of children. But then I would read these board summaries written by Pam Lannom and would think to myself, were we at the same meeting? It didn’t take long for me to realize, it’s all about the image with her.
I’m smart enough to vote for candidates who are qualified to actually DO the job and will not just pretend. The pretenders are all about perpetuating the idealistic view of Hinsdale. And this town can’t be propped forever on an image. Maybe the district used to be great. But from my vantage point, it’s not looking so rosy anymore. We have serious issues and need serious people to represent the community. If you’re new to this blog or if you have questions about what’s going on in this district, start reading right here. Learn what the issues truly are. I can promise you that you will not find them in the Hinsdalean.
I will be voting for Gray, Burns, Giltner, and Czerwiec.