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  •  it is hard to find words (28+ / 0-)

    because wherever one looks there just one more outrage, just one more crime, just one more murder.

    higher education is being dismantled as we speak.

    k-12 was killed a few decades back.

    i spend at least half my time trying to undo damage done earlier or at present in my students' educations.

    i would not recommend the professoriate at this point either.

    in a decade or two, no one in any schools at any level will know much of anything at all.

    •  That's why we have to circumvent this. (21+ / 0-)

      I'd love to see the underpaid, overworked adjuncts and allies, possibly in alliance/cahoots with conservative legislators who love the state brand but hate paying for it.  It is just astounding that a university that gets $10,000/year for students, then jacks them with Manhattan rental rates for crumbling, aging dorms cannot afford to actually hire full-time faculty to teach.  Or that a community college that gets $11,000 in tuition and state subsidy cannot afford to comply with Obamacare, choosing instead to cap our hours.  (We get $1680/course;  the Obamacare fine would raise it to $1850/course).  

      Maybe we in academia are under a spell that we better break and soon, lest a university education devolve into charm school plus self-study.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:37:39 PM PDT

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    •  Devil's advocate (7+ / 0-)

      We are only hearing rturner's side of this story here.  I have no reason to doubt him, of course.  But there are even facts in evidence in this diary itself that represent clear admissions of violation of rules.  Whether those rise to the sort of actionable conduct that costs you your job is a whole other thing.  But advertising a personal book on a school website when the check goes to you may be a rule you are bound by.

      Again, I am not defending the school district at all.  Just saying this should not be litigated in a public forum.

      “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

      by RocketJSquirrel on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:56:47 PM PDT

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      •  Money from the book (23+ / 0-)

        You make some valid points, but there has never been a real question about the money from the book. I had even talked with some principal and several teachers about charities to give the proceeds from the book to. One of my fellow teachers suggested a foundation or fund that we could set up and provide money to other schools that have gone through horrible situations like we did after the tornado. This was all publicized in my blog and on Facebook, both of which our administrators read on a regular basis. As for being done in a public forum, it has been secrecy that has allowed the mistreatment of respected teachers in our school district to flourish. If I shut my mouth and say nothing, it plays into the hands of the rogue administrator and perpetuates the climate of fear she has created in our school system.

        •  I tend to agree that those who are the most open (6+ / 0-)

          generally have the most valid case to make.

          And those who pushes the edges will find pushback.  It's inevitable and each person decides how far to push and the consequences they are willing to bear.

          School districts tend to operate conservatively. And small towns even more so.

        •  I agree with this (5+ / 0-)

          but let it be said, IANAL.

          There is too much secrecy, too much fear of sunlight.

          Yes, it is possible that the other side could make hay from an inadvertent phrase, or disclosure, but it's funny how prosecutors are always quick to gather as much publicity as possible in their attempts to sway public opinion, and jury pools, yet defendants are always advised to remain silent.

          The system is corrupt and broken, and a few blog posts won't matter much, either way.

          Sometimes a public campaign is the ONLY way to get justice, because "due process" is not designed to acquit people.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          Who is twigg?

          by twigg on Wed May 01, 2013 at 05:25:36 AM PDT

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      •  Dumb comment. You must be a libertarian. (0+ / 0-)

        The diarist is risking his career, the loons risk nothing plus
        they get to make up the rules as they go(It's win-win).

        "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes"--Leona Helmsley

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