[Currently listening to: "If I Ruled The World" by Nas feat. Lauryn Hill]
In honor of 2,500 "likes" on my SPEAK for DCSD Facebook page, I've decided to share the post I wrote to my SPEAK peeps on my blog. Happy reading!
Happy 2,500 "Likes" on SPEAK Day!!!
As I was driving this morning, "If I Ruled The World" by Nas and Lauryn
Hill came on my iPhone shuffle playlist. It made me think to myself,
"Self, if I ruled the world, what would I do?" After some pondering,
here's a list of things I came up with:
1. Fire Fagen. I'd replace her with a superintendent who could actually step foot into a classroom and interact with
our children and teachers. We could use that "Rainy Day" fund to buy
her out of her contract. I think that would be a great use of the funds,
Fire Betz. I know what you're thinking, "We can't fire her, Chérie! She
has that magical pocket in her jeans where she conveniently finds
money!" I'll compromise with you all... we'll make her leave her magical
3. Fire Cinnamon and Randy. This is probably
more personal than anything. I tend to get all Momma Bear when peeps
release personal information regarding kids to crazy people. Yes, PLR, I
just called you all crazy.
4. Replace Meghann Silverthorn with
someone who has stepped foot into a DCSD school before running for
office, and someone who actually has/had children in Douglas County
public schools. I'd also replace her with someone who doesn't say one
thing to teachers, then does another.
5. Replace Dougie B. with
someone who doesn't snicker condescendingly at every public comment who
dares to oppose his viewpoints (i.e., privatization). Speaking of
condescending, feel free to "like" this post, Dougie, since that's how
Replace John Carson with someone who can speak politely to people, and
someone who cares about public schools. I'd also replace him with
someone who doesn't have to constantly go onto radio shows, like the
Mike Rosen Show, to do damage control. While we're on the subject, Mike
Rosen, it's offensive when you refer to moms like myself as simply
being a "nice soccer mom who loves her teachers but doesn't understand
the politics of public education." As if you're so much better than we
all are. I am a concerned parent in this district. I am an informed
parent in this district. I am a voter in this district. Do not discount
the hours I spend trying to make our district a better place for the
majority of our children by simply saying I'm a mom who has too much
time on my hands. What positive things have you done for our district
lately, Mikey? That's what I thought. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to
put a pot roast into the oven for dinner and cut orange slices for the
7. Replace Carrie Mendoza (guilty by association)
8. Replace Justin Williams. I know he's not up for election, but this
is an "if I ruled the world" scenario, remember? I'd type up a list as
to why, but I don't have that kind of time on my hands. Goodness,
Justin, you make it so gosh darned easy!
9. Restore the money
back to the high schools so they can get off of this silly schedule.
[Old person rant in 5...4...3...2...1...] Back in my day, kids actually
went to school for most of the day. Telling me that you gave a few kids a
survey and they really liked being out of school for many hours a day
tells me nothing. My kids would love to have ice cream for breakfast
everyday, but that doesn't mean it's ever going to happen.
Listen to the principals, teachers and staff in the schools. Wow, what
an idea, right?! The thought of listening to the professionals who are
actually IN our schools, and have the education to back up being IN our
schools? As my 11-year-old would say, "That's just cray-cray!"
(Translation: "That's just crazy!"
11. Sleep. I often wake up
in the middle of the night thinking of these things, and knowing they're
all taken care of would do wonders for my beauty sleep... and gray
hair... and wrinkles.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU
for all you've done to help SPEAK be as successful as it is today! THANK
YOU for volunteering to make our schools a better place for our
children. THANK YOU for getting involved and becoming informed. THANK
YOU for your patience with me in regards to posting the SPEAK Form, and
THANK YOU for all of your hugs, well-wishes and encouragement. I never
thought SPEAK would reach 2,500 likes, but look at it now.
Please continue to share posts on your Facebook walls, and encourage
others to "like" SPEAK. November is just a hop, skip and jump away!
SPEAK Admin. (who wears a lacy apron and pearl necklace while she cooks
and cleans, because after all, she's "just" a mom... who has 2,500
"likes" on her silly little page ;))