3 candidates seek Bennington seats on MAU board
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#1 Feb 18, 2011
Gene is a retired corrections officer. He's probably very knowledgeable with prisons. From where does he get his educational insight? He gets it from only three children that he mentors. As he said in the article, he bases his view of the schools on what the three students say...only three. So basically he wants to get rid of block scheduling and the humanities classes based on the opions of, in this case, only two students that he mentors. Do we really want someone running our schools who bases decisions on such a small representation of the students? Regardless of what you may think of block scheduling or the humanities classes, do we really want an elected official who caters to the opinions of three students that he mentors?
Don't elect a person who is an expert in prisons to run our schools. Don't elect a person who listens to three people instead of the voices of all people. Don't elect Gene Rowley.
#2 Feb 18, 2011
Well said. Mr. Rowley, you are nothing more than an out of town firebrand. You start trouble for the sake of starting trouble. You don't have the students' best interest at heart. Stay out of our schools.
#3 Feb 19, 2011
He wants to get rid of this or change that. Will he be held accountable when his changes fail? Or when what he proposes actually costs more in the long term? Rowley needs to base his decisions on more than his opinion.
#4 Feb 20, 2011
"Most of his ideas for change, such as cutting the block schedule from 90-minute blocks to 45-minute periods, and changing the humanities offerings in which a social studies and English teacher co-teach classes, come from conversations about what does and doesn’t work at schools with those children.
"You talk to the kids, they don’t see a purpose in these long blocks," said Rowley, a retired corrections officer. "I think (shorter classes) would keep the students more engaged where they’re not day dreaming and they’re actually paying attention to the lessons." "
Gene - Isn't this why you have a school administrator and professional educators who are teaching? Certainly not so the school board can micromanage?
Just because you talk to a student or two (likely "at risk" who won't like much of anything relating to school that has true academic expectations) doesn't mean it is the right practice. I can give you dozens of students who don't want 7 different teachers a day and who like the extent they can "get into" a topic/project/activity with the long blocks. A 45 minute class = 10+ minutes of attendance, settling in, getting ready to leave = far too short of time to get much done.
Based on this comment alone, there is no way I can vote for someone who has such clear intentions of micromanaging who has zero qualifications to make educational decisions.
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