commented on The Federal Way Shooting Was a Domestic Violence Incident, Say Police
We need to get our priorities straight. Domestic violence? Meh. Gang shooting? Meh. Home invaders shot in the back while fleeing? Meh. Kids getting guns left out by reckless parents? Meh.
Our hearts have hardened to search for "reasons" to ignore the thousands of daily victims of gun violence. Seriously. This is F'D UP.
Have at it Gun NUTS. That's right. You are NUTS.
commented on New Seahawk Allegedly Hurled Anti-Gay Slurs
HEY MR QUINN (well... probably your reps are reading your local press for you)... YOU ARE COMING TO SEATTLE. We hold our athletes to a high standard of humanity.
Your advance press is:
1. YOU CALLED PEOPLE FAGGOTS
2. YOU WHINED ABOUT PEOPLE LIKING TEBOW MORE THAN YOU.
You want people to chant your name & RESPECT YOU?
Playing good ball is NOT enough. BE A GOOD HUMAN.
To survive Seattle... I suggest you volunteer the hell out of your free time & gain some character. NOT PR MOVES but real honest action to show us you are more than an entitled athlete. 17 years in Catholic school did not seem to be enough... KEEP WORKING ON IT and WELCOME TO THE EMERALD CITY. We would be proud to see you grow up HERE.
commented on Controversy Grows Over School District Stopping Race and Gender Curriculum
To "determine what is at issue" would mean -for a good journalist - to talk to BOTH sides.
um..... now we don't report anything until we have "another side"?? anonymous or protected sources mute the rest of us?
THE NEWS seems to be STUDENTS and families are FIGHTING to REINSTATE CURRICULUM. If we find out what irked the parents to the point that the district took rash measures... bonus. The larger Center School alum, families and allies are standing in SUPPORT of a program/curriculum and yes, a teacher, they believe in.
Seattle Schools often takes a CYA approach and the parents & students are organizing quickly to show their support of the Center School Curriculum before some "permanent decision" is made. That is the news.
We may never know just WHAT prompted the parents to take this to the school district. (**The alleged parents post to Slog this weekend is reprinted fully below.) Sounds like a personnel complaint more than a content complaint. Assuming the SPS has resolved the personnel angle as Mr. Greenberg was free to respond on Friday. ( All personnel issues are confidential - punishment from zero to counseling to note in the file to suspension - we will never know)
The bigger question for me as a Seattle Schools parent, is WHY did the district act to immediately suspend the Center School Curriculum after meeting with one set of parents... and WHAT will the future decision about the curriculum be based upon?
** alleged parents post on slog comments this past weekend:
My wife and I are the parents who filed the complaint you referenced in this article. I'd like to clear up a couple of misconceptions and misdirections here.
First, our complaint was filed against Mr. Greenberg for his personal actions in the classroom, not against the curriculum. We couldn't care less whether the Center School has a teaching unit on race and gender or not. That was not the issue in the complaint, as we made explicitly clear not only to Mr. Greenberg in our original meetings with him, but also with the District when we filed the complaint, and later with the investigators who handled the case.
This is about the highly-inappropriate behavior of a teacher in the classroom, not the content of the class he is teaching. The result of the District's investigation was that all of the claims we stipulated in our complaint were substantiated. As you note, Mr. Greenberg was found to have created a hostile, intimidating learning environment in his classroom. This was not just for one student as you imply.
The District undertook a review of the curriculum as a matter of policy, and I expect they will probably allow it to continue. I would like to point out that District claims that we, as the complainants, have been part of the curriculum review or its committee are false. We have not been part of any such process and have not been made privy to its deliberations.
Our objection, on the other hand, was to Mr. Greenberg's behavior. The District has not seen fit to discipline him appropriately for this, which we soon hope to remedy.
In the meantime, media exposure such as this and the KIRO piece are simply allowing the pattern of intimidating behavior to continue by proxy. We would appreciate it if you would refrain from pursuing stories like this without first determining what is at issue.
Dec 14, 2012
commented on The Newtown Shooting Aftermath
America needs compassionate policies...comprehensive healthcare and mental health care....a ratcheting down of the contentious public conversation... AND GUN CONTROL.
Dec 7, 2012
commented on "How Freakin Dare You?????"
middle aged housewife. broadway neighborhood activist. a lifetime of hoping for marriage equality. got the joke. like the cover.