From Incredulous to Angry

“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”  Dr. Seuss

Do you ever go “Whoa, I must have read that wrong!!”?  That was exactly my response when I read the comments made on the Governor’s behalf in the Tulsa World.  I went from incredulous to seeing red in record time.

Let me begin with the incredulous part. “The fact of the matter is this grading system, regardless of whether or not you believe it should have been put together differently, is the law.” So let me get this right – it’s the law so we shouldn’t speak in opposition? Consider the Governor’s opposition to the new health care plan. Whether you are for or against it, it is the law. It appears we can oppose a law when it agrees with the position of those in power, but we can’t oppose something they support. Can you say double standard?

Now for the part of the article that sent me to the red zone of anger. The Governor warns “…continuing public criticism of the state’s A-F school grading system may affect whether common education gets additional funding next fiscal year.” OMG!!! This amounts to holding our children’s education hostage unless we are silent. 

We need to unite with parents, our fellow educators and all who see the blatant wrongness of silencing a group and punishing our children as the method to do it. I don’t need to tell you how important freedom of speech is. Our children’s education and our profession are too important to be silent.

Yes, Dr. Seuss, “down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”


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