Russ Gibb at Random

Political correctness gone amuck

November 6, 2007

Girl gets detention for hugging friends
By Georgina Gustin

MASCOUTAH _ A 13-year-old junior high school student was given two days of detention after school officials spotted her hugging friends after school last Friday.

Megan Coulter, an eighth-grade student at Mascoutah Middle School, was hugging her friends goodbye after school Friday when vice principal, Randy Blakely, saw her and told her she would receive two after-school detentions.

Blakely had previously warned Coulter that she was in violation of the school's policy on public displays of affection after she was seen hugging a student at a football game.

The school's policy says that "displays of affection should not occur on the campus at any time."

Coulter"s mother, Melissa Coulter, says she has requested to speak with the School Board at its next meeting, and is mystified about the punishment leveled at her daughter.

Mascoutah Superintendent Sam McGowen said today that the district's policy helps prevent misunderstandings and unwelcome expressions of affection.


A Teacher Writes

November 6, 2007

By doing this no-zero thing,no body fails thing, what are all of these kids going to do once they get to college, if they even make it there by then? And Parent (I believe posted their concern) wanted to know why so many students need to take remedial classes in college? They don't play these games with students, coddling them as to not hurt their feelings or self-esteem. Again, if we had a strong, true leader, who made the parents and students more accountable for their success in school, you'd see a rise in our test scores. I highly doubt other districts in the surrounding counties are operating the way we do here in Dearborn.

If Artis wants us to focus so strongly on the curriculum, especially with the GLCEs ( grade level education content) from the state, mapping out our whole year, then the students should be expected to proficiently (not progressing as the report cards state) pass those GLCEs, period. If they can't, then they should remain in their current grade level until they can. For all of the non-English speaking kids, they should be in classes where they are solely taught the language first, and not at the taxpayers expense. When my grandparents came here from Europe, they had to take night classes at Fordson way back when to learn English on their own time.

As a teacher, I truly believe we should do all we can to make sure students succeed. However, there has to be some accountability on their part. Artis and his crew have made it virtually impossible for students not to fail, handing out diplomas every June to students who cannot read and write at a 12th grade level. Yet, who gets the blame? We do. We are the ones who have to sit for hours on end, analyzing data to see where WE went wrong and what WE need to do to improve instruction.

I do commend and thank the parents out there who are actively involved in their child's education and do step up to the plate when their kids need support. Shame on those who sit back and do nothing.

I'm just tired of Artis trying to show off, with the "look what my district is doing" mentality. I'm sure many of my colleagues feel the same way. We all made it through school/college and had to work for it. These so-called research-based ideas and theories we are taking on are nothing but a waste of taxpayers dollars at the expense of our kids' education.


Oh.! No. Say it isn't True.

November 4, 2007

Hey Folks, Artis and his minions at Ten Eyck are going to force teachers to give scores like 60% instead of the zero earned for turning in NOTHING.
Talk about the dumbing down of education.
Where are the parents in Dearborn (the only ones with any clout)to be outraged by this ?
--by Teacher on 11/2/07 Lives: Detroit area Note: One writer says this is NOT true. I will check DPS Monday. russ Note 2, I called the DPS today about the O game. No one returned my call. russ


Got Any Ideas ?

November 1, 2007


Question for Educators. If teachers in K-12 are doing such a great job, why are so many college students taking remedial classes at both the UM-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College ? Please ,I'm not asking this question sarcastically. I really would like to hear what the "problem " is in our K-12 and how could we remedy it ?

--by Parent on 10/27/07 Lives: Michigan


British School Muslim day.

October 31, 2007

A British school was yesterday accused of MAKING teachers dress up as Asians for a day to celebrate a Muslim festival.

Kids at the 257-pupil primary have also been told to don ethnic garb even though most are Christians.

The morning assembly will be open to all parents but dads are BARRED from a women only party in the afternoon because Muslim husbands object to wives mixing with other men.

Just two members of staff - a part-time teacher and a teaching assistant are Muslim.

Yesterday a relative of one of the 39 others said, "Staff have got to go along with it,or let's face it, they would be branded racist."

"Who would put their job on the line? They have been told they have to embrace the day to show their diversity. But they are not all happy."

The day aims to belatedly mark Eid, the end of Ramadan.

Sally Bloomer, head of Rufford primary school in Lye, West Midlands, insisted: "I have not heard of any complaints."

"It's all part of a diversity project to promote multi-culturalism."



The media is the message

October 26, 2007

Years ago in a galaxy far, far away, I read a book called the Gutenberg Galaxy, by Doctor Marshall McLuhan, and it changed the way I taught school for many, many years.

If you are a student, parent or an educator take a look at this video and your understanding will never be the same.

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Alert. 2 Dearborn schools. STRAPH infected

October 23, 2007

Dear Russ:
We received word this afternoon from our son's high school that there has been a confirmed case of Staph (MRSA) in his school.
Although we are thankful that we were informed, what I had to find out for myself was far more troubling.

We were told that the school was cleaned from top to bottom with strong disinfectants. After having a long talk with my son and his friends (who I drive home), regarding the cleanliness of his classrooms, I was shocked and upset. They said that only two of his 6 class rooms looked as though they were cleaned. He said that the other class rooms had the exact same pencil writings and filth on their table tops that were there last week. One class (first hour) actually had chewed gum stuck on the table top for the entire previous week.

I immediately emailed the teacher. Within minutes, she had mailed back. She informed me that her class room had not been cleaned (other than garbage cans emptied) in weeks. She told me that her class room seldom gets cleaned well by the custodians. She said they were exactly the same as they were last week, tables dirty, floors unswept, garbage bags not changed (only emptied). She indicated that despite several complaints to the building engineer and administration about the typical condition of her room, it still is seldom cleaned properly.

How can our school administration say that the school has been "scrubbed top to bottom" when desk tops and floors have not been touched? Maybe the principal of each building should do some spot checks and inquire with the department heads and teachers if their rooms had actually been cleaned "top to bottom?"
Once again, we have to put thousands of students and teachers at risk for the sake of being politically correct and not sending slovenly students home to wash up.


Wanted Feisty Grandma

October 15, 2007

Dear Russ, WDHS student video at Dearborn High is casting for another student produced feature.
Help Me Hannah, will be written and directed by WDHS Student Video and will premiere in the spring.
Auditions for characters have already begun. A feisty grandma with an attitude is needed for a major part. Grandma can be from Fordson, Edsel or Dearborn in fact, anywhere.
If any of your viewers - readers are interested…please CALL 313-827-1635 Ask for Mr. Doelle. Thank You!


A Fordson win.

October 13, 2007

I am writing in response to all of the rumors and attacks on Fordson High School after the Fordson/Dearborn High game. Someone decided to post a message on your website trashing Fordson fans, players and coaches.
Many people who attended this game said that many of these accusations were false and baseless. Fordson fans were excited, they cheered, yelled , blew horns and whistles for their team. The electricity on the Fordson side was unbelievable.
The principle from Fordson and his assistants, over 20 Fordson teachers and several alumni members lined the stands and the fence controlling the crowd. Fordson's head coach is a man of integrity and class, he is an excellent role model for our children. We are honored to have him in charge of our football team.
We at Fordson have a lot of pride in our school. People who graduated from Fordson 30 and 40 years ago are still involved in the school, have an excellent opinion of our students. They attend every game and event at our school.
The students who walk the halls of Fordson are hardworking, kind and ambitious young adults who have a great future ahead of them.
It's a shame that people who don't know them and probably have never been to our school are trying to trash their reputations. No matter what people say about us or what they decide to post on your website or anywhere else, everyone should know that the tractor spirit is rock solid. No one can break it no matter what.
Congratulations to the Fordson Tractors on a great win!

Maha Mustafa


Help. Search for a new Superintendent.

October 11, 2007

Contact: Pam Adams, President, Dearborn Board of Education (313) 278-3938
Thomas McLennan, Thomas D. McLennan & Associates, (313) 577-8281
David Mustonen, Communications Coordinator (313) 827-3006
Board of Education
Seeks Community Input

After interviewing several superintendent search firms, the Dearborn Board of Education selected Thomas D. McLennan & Associates to take on the job of locating the next Superintendent for the Dearborn Public Schools. The search process is now underway and the next step requires input from the community.

The public is encouraged to attend one of two information gathering sessions being held on Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Franchi Boardroom at the Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette, Dearborn. Groups not able to attend one of the meetings, but would like to share their thoughts and ideas, can contact McLennan & Associates directly at (313) 577-8281 or e-mail to set up a meeting. They can also contact President Adams at 18700 Audette, Dearborn, MI 48124.

“Of course we know that our parents and staff will be an active part in this search process, but we would also like to have input from students, business owners, former parents, religious groups, neighborhood associations, civic groups, realtors, and individual community members,� commented Board President Pam Adams.

In order to put together a job description that can be used to recruit applicants, the Board needs to identify the characteristics, qualities, and credentials community members feel Dearborn’s next educational leader must possess.

“Now is the time to be involved in this very important process,� Adams added.

At a recent Board meeting, Tom McLennan, president of McLennan & Associates, explained how his firm would advertise, both state wide and nationally, to attract a pool of about twenty or more candidates. The Board would then need to narrow down that number to about six. Community members would once again be asked to be part of the final interview process.

The Board began the search to fill the districts top spot after current Superintendent, Dr. John Artis, announced he would retire at the end of the 2007-08 school year. Dr. Arts arrived in the district in 2002 and has been successful in bringing about a high level of accountability in the district, developing staff leadership, and creating a culture of learning within all schools.

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