Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flogging A Deceased Equine

OK people, crap just got real...I've unearthed my blog.

Lately, I feel like this school/sports issue has become all-consuming with me. I'm sure my Facebook friends see a post about it & think "Oh sheesh, another one?!" I'd walk away from it, vowing that I was going to be done with it, and someone would make another nasty remark about how the parents who felt our kids belonged in school on Wednesday & Friday of last week have no community spirit, and we should just pull our kids "out the" school & put them in private school. Given the overt hostility & attitude of the people who kept repeatedly accusing me (and others) of not being supportive, this isn't a community I'm currently proud to be a member of.

To take it a step further, a local newspaper columnist wrote an article entitled " MCHS team reflects Madison County values" He's correct; but not in the way he'd like to think. In his own article, he calls the academic events BORING...why does this man feel the need to tear down kids who already don't get the support of their classmates, school system, or community? Madison County values basketball, and will happily miss days in the classroom for it, yet anyone who had read through the comments on the Madison County Schools Facebook page (prior to a large chunk of them being deleted) could have easily seen that education is needed much more than basketball. And for the record, I'm not a sports "hater", and I do think it's a terrific accomplishment that both the boys AND girls basketball teams from MCHS made it to the Sweet 16, with the boys team winning the whole thing in the last 4 seconds with a 3-point shot. That's something they'll remember for the rest of their lives, and that game winning shot is something that boy will be telling his grandchildren about. My community made the ASSUMPTION that because I value education & believe my children shouldn't miss 2 days of school to go watch a sporting event, that I'm an unsupportive "hater". My community told me that I did not, and do not have the right to have a differing opinion, and stand up for the rights of MY children. That is NOT acceptable. If the choice is between what is best for my children & what my community thinks is best, I will fight for my children...Every.Single.Time.

I do find Madison County Schools apathy towards the parents who were/are upset quite disturbing. They have not addressed the issue in any way, other than to post a statement to their Facebook page saying "Any make up days for weather or other events will be decided at the March 21 Board of Education meeting." Their Facebook page also appeared to be completely unmonitored, as people attacked each other & used profanity. The cover photo for their page last week was of a MCHS game or pep rally, and showed several teenage girls in tight white tank tops with blue handprints on their breasts...not exactly appropriate for a school district Facebook page. At this point, any & all comments I've made have been deleted from the page, and I'm apparently banned from "liking" or commenting on anything on the page. I am curious what it was I said that upset them so very much, considering that several of the other people who commented multiple times over multiple posts do not appear to have been banned. At this point, I'm almost glad I'm unable to attend the Board of Education meeting on 3/21, since I have a feeling things are going to get ugly once again, and to put it simply: my community says what the school decided to do (without even consulting the families) was the right choice-the ONLY choice, and if you don't like it, you don't belong here & your kids don't belong in our schools...