Parents setting the record straight for me.
Just to recap, I was accused of posting a Pearson test question on Twitter. I was placed on administrative leave, escorted out of my room by my superintendent of schools, ultimately escorted out of the building and ordered not to return until New York State ruled on my guilt or innocence . Twenty four hours later, NYS ruled I did no wrong and I was informed that I was no longer a threat and could return to my classroom. I have been demanding a public apology from the Superintendent, as well as my school board. To date that apology has not happened.
At this point, I don’t expect an apology. I never really did. In this age of litigation an apology could be seen as an invitation to accepting a liability. I understand that. What I don’t understand is the failure to correct a wrong doing. I don’t understand the pretending that my superintendent’s actions were OK, and that no comment was warranted. Not even a show of support for him.. nothing, nada.. no comment at all.
Until the other night…
Tuesday night was our PTA’s installation and award night. Typically this night consists of awards and certificates given to parent volunteers and several teachers for their hard work. In the past I have received as well as presented several of these awards. I was asked this week to present an award to a grade level colleague of mine, which I really enjoyed and was honored to do. As I sat there watching and listening to the awards my mind was racing with thoughts of how does NYS measure this? How could this fit into our evaluation that will rate our effectiveness.
Then something unexpected happened, my family walked into the room. My children and my wife! ( I wondered what was going on.) Then 3 of my colleagues stood up and announced that the PTA has awarded me the highest award of the night ,The PTA Distinguished Service Award! Their heartfelt words washed over me and cleansed me of the injustice I have endured!
The parents of my school set the record straight! Choosing me for this award and more importantly making sure my family was there as well to witness it was more than I could ever imagine. I am forever grateful for the support and confidence during these trying times.
But the story is much bigger than just me…
Parents throughout the nation are also beginning to set the record straight.
Parents are organizing to opt their children out of high stakes testing. Parents are challenging the motive and research behind the Common Core Curriculum. Parents are challenging those who want to create a data base of their children’s information. Parent’s all across the nation are saying stop scapegoating our teachers, stop closing our schools, stop destroying our nations most important asset. Parents will be setting this all straight.
As far as my superintendent and school board’s apology… well they can keep it. I don’t need it. They had their chance.
The parents of my school set the record straight.