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November 19th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. becky mcbride

    I've taken my kids off the bus due to 3-4 years of harassment by bus driver, I taped one screaming episode by him at my nine year old grandaughter, after I asked him to quit his harassing her, I've spoken with principle and superintendent without any resolution, tried to call school board member without any response, spoke to representitive of school board system to be told she didn't have control over bus drivers, so to keep kids from being harassed, my sister-in-law takes 4 kids to sckool 16 miles and picks them up, this school boast of being a nonbulling school,HA,HA.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Sharon

    When you have constant issues of school Administrators always focusing on getting funding, and how & who to cut or fire, which often results in arguments, union grievances, law suits, and poor employee moral in an environment that is supposed to be the exact oppose of what I just described, how can we expect that anyone is really paying attention or focusing on what our children need. OUR CHILDREN ARE NOTHING MORE THAN STATS! An environment of GROWN ADULTS w/DEGREES who cannot figure out how to work out or resolve their own personal problems and issues with other Administrators and staff. Yet they preach to the children and to their staff what they themselves clearly do not practice! And then when things go wrong, they punish the kids and reprimand or fire their staff for acting exactly the same way they themselves are behaving. And this does include SOME teachers, but I would always first examine the school Administrator or Board before blaming the teacher. TEACHERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TEACH TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY, THEY MUST TEACH TO MEET THE REQUIRED STATS FOR FCAT OR THEY ARE LET GO! Before firing any teacher for not meeting the numbers, they should always be given an opportunity to show you they can teach, and allow them to write their own lesson plans and teach their class the way they best see fit! I say we should teach children and human beings in general by utilizing every means possible! Not by using just one structured system for everyone. We don't shop this way, the TV or Music industry is not structured this way, even gyms gives people choices of when to go and what they do when they get there. Start utilizing FLEX-TIME in middle and high schools, start later, stay open later, open weekends. The point is the school system and Administrators/teachers who have been working their for 20+yrs (a lot 40!)need to mentally step into the 21st Century and start RESPECTING STAFF, CHILDREN AND EACH OTHER! Then maybe everyone can get down to business and FOCUS ON THE CHILDREN!

    December 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  3. Sharon

    What do you do when you know your child attends a county wide school system that is BROKEN???? How does one get someone to look really deep into what I call a "systemic illness" that lies right underneath the surface of a well known South Florida Public School system? You can start by checking the salaries of administrators and the firing record of administrators compared to that of teachers, clerical, maintenance and transportation staff. And lastly, the back street deals and corruption within and on the Board is probably as bad as our political scene is here in Florida....that should tell you a lot! There are accusations of hurricane money being spent on things other than hurricane repairs or other desperately needed school repairs. Serious harassment issues on the part of school administrators with lower level employees who are often treated, spoken to and threatened/reprimanded like children. As a school employee you are to be seen working and not heard; which is why the local Union's cup has runith over with grievances....lots and lots of them.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  4. Wan Horng

    I received my elementary and secondary school education in Singapore. I subsequently attended 2 years of high school in the U.S., followed by receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.D. I have been a General Surgeon for the past 13 years. I am the product of basic education in the Far East and higher education in the U.S. Singapore produced superior students than the U.S. because the school system holds a much higher standard for their students. The teachers are not all excellent but they seemed to have been armed with better tools to help their students achieve these higher goals. The year I moved to the U.S., I was a C student in English in Singapore but a A+ student here; I had to take college Calculus because the high school did not offer Calculus; the same with "College level" Chemistry. Bilingualism was required in Singapore, but not here. I am fluent in Mandarin and English for that reason. Leaders in Education should sit in classes in Singapore to see why they have it right.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:21 am |