It appears we agree on the no zero policy not being a good idea. Apparently it has become the next IT thing in educations circles. Hopefully it runs its course and goes away.<quoted text>
No thanks, I earned a zero I'll take that zero. I have no problem with taking full responsibility for my actions or lack thereof. Isn't that the most logical way to look at this issue of the no zero policy? I mean I understand the math behind the no zero policy but the idea of someone who does no work or refuses to put forth any effort and not addressing their attitude towards their education but rather creating a more forgiving system in the hopes that they will "get their act together" seems shortsighted to me. We are failing our children as schools, as parents and as a society. It's time we wake up to the reality that the "arrested development" that we are enabling will surely be the downfall of our community. As entertaining as I find the "back and forths" between you, the Manning's and whammer jammer, I am always left wondering if you (all of you involved) were to put your skills to better use and try to come together for the sake of your community, the apathy, discord and the racism and bigotry on both sides of the issue might start to slowly ebb away and maybe, just maybe, we could move forward and get something meaningful accomplished. Hand holding once in a while is OK, a hand out, however, may do more harm than good.
As far as the comming together comment. The talk and rhetoric comming out of kirtland by many people, gave the impression that there was no room for compromise. Unfortunately Mr. Whammer Jammer is not alone with the tone of his rhetoric in the community either. I heard very Whammer Jammer like comments come from many whom I thought were reasonable people in kirtland.
I have told my children to not come back to this area, they can find better opportunities and people elsewhere. I want them to be judged for their accomplishments, not the color of their skin or their religion.
I am afraid with what I see in kirtland, the only way things will change is when the whammer jammer generation is in a nursing home. You can't unteach something as ugly and ingrained as what showed up to that board meeting in may of 2011. It was very unfortunate and really a self inflicted tragedy for the people of kirtland.
Hopefully some of the better natured people of Kirtland start to build those bridges, and repair the damage done.
I see the current board and the superindendent as setting the middle ground, at least as far as education goes where both sides need to meet, and work together. Who knows if it will succeed. Or even if both selfish sides of this age old arguement will allow it to succeed. But we owe our youth at least this much to try.