Thursday, March 11, 2021

TO LAUGH, OR TO CRY – Dad Gone Wild

TO LAUGH, OR TO CRY – Dad Gone Wild

“The flute of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has never left us and it is essential that we train our ear to detect its false notes because in our case the flute is being played by the rats.” ― Dimitris Mita


Yesterday, was one of those days that seem to be occurring with more frequency. I spent the day researching numerous education initiatives, both on the state and the district level. It was research that evoked the conundrum of whether to laugh or cry. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. All of it would have fallen into the category of the former if it didn’t have such a negative impact on people – students, teachers, families.

One of the things I watched was Tuesday’s Teaching and Learning School Board Committee meeting. We’ll revisit it in greater depth come Friday, but some of the comments made by Chief of Schools Mason Bellamy are just so egregious that they can’t be left until later in the week.

The overarching question that I want to ask Bellamy, after 3/4 of a year observing and listening to him, is do you think we are all stupid? Is it your belief that you came down from Clarksville, where you spent your entire career, to the land of the rube? A place where we are all so ill-informed that we’ll buy the snake oil you are peddling sans question? If that’s the case, perhaps you should study a little bit more about the team that preceded you, they came in with a similar mindset and it didn’t CONTINUE READING: TO LAUGH, OR TO CRY – Dad Gone Wild