Commissioner Adams --- I hear you ("???").
The article is (in some respects) sick. WE HAVE GOT TO STOP THE MYSTICISM / MYSTIFICATION regarding serious problems and issue within the Rochester City School District, which is exactly what the article accommodates / allows. I mean, these guys are discussing "culture" and "organization" as if they are actually living-organisms with omnipotent power and control. Culture and organizations / cultures of organizations are FUNCTIONS OF PEOPLE --- period. The culture of ANY organization is established, perpetuated, allowed, maintained, and / or changed via ACTIONS AND / OR IN-ACTIONS BY PEOPLE - PERIOD. Thus, the mystifying quote that: “We have an organization that has agreed that this is acceptable” is ludicrous (on it's face). The statement really should be: 'We have an organization [COMPOSED OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TOP DECISION-MAKERS, who have agreed [VIA ACTIONS AND /OR IN-ACTIONS --- NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY] that this is acceptable” This absolutely, necessarily includes Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and Board President Van White. They are necessarily part of the "agreement." If this was not the case --- not only would they be "calling for cultural change in city schools" --- they would necessarily be making clear, decisive, moves --- designed to ensure CHANGE. This really is very important --- because it is not realistic, nor possible for mush-mouth people --- who apparently don't even have the where-with-all and / or the intestinal fortitude to clearly and accurately define / describe deep-seated, pervasive, historic problems and issues --- to provide the kind of leadership that will be necessary in order to effectively address the problems and issues. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
I wish I lived in Greece so I could vote for him! I really have a lot of respect for Gary.
Thank you, Frank and John and all of you incredible luthiers who have been so supportive of each other. Rochester has much to be proud of not only in the lutherie skills, but in the way the music community here supports each other. Of particular note for me are Amanda Ashley, Tommy Bianchi of the Coupe de Villes, Matt Rammerman,The Firehouse Saloon, The Thirsty Frog, Richmond's, Johnny's Irish Pub, The Lovin' Cup... I could go on and on with people and places who have taken me under their wing and provided me with opportunity to display and demo my craft... Yes, indeed. Rochester's music community has much to be proud of and I have much and many to be thankful for. Greg Bogoshian. RockBeach Guitars...
He advocates for marriage equality, immigration reform and the SAFE Act and is the former ACLU director. He's running in a seat that Democrats haven't held since Joe Robach switched to the Republicans over a decade ago. And Greece, the bulk of the district, hasn't elected a Democratic supervisor since 1929. Good luck Gary.
Positive news rarely sells papers.
When I went to a local college for a business degree, I found that every "theory" they taught us was not applicable to the real world of business. I went back to that same local college to get my Masters in Education, and like the previous degree, I found that everything they taught us was not applicable to the real world of urban education. I am curious to see the results of these collaborations since all the colleges will be bringing to the table is more "theories" about urban education. Until everyone starts to notice the elephant in the room (poverty and it's effects on urban students), there will be no improvement to the current school situation at RCSD.
Marc , it is kind of you to try and track Bev down . Eat at Edibles on University anytime for lunch or dinner for starters . I agree Rochester has many great eateries and neighborhoods .People with a positive mental attitude will always prevail and win Thank you Kate Dooher Beckett 4/4/2014
When are we going to break the political divide between Rochester and Monroe County ? I'm thinking that Maggie Brooks and Lovely Ann can get the job done. It would only benefit all. 210,000 in the City and 800,000 in the County. Let's make it 1.2 million people working together.
But then vegetarians have been found to be less healthy than their meat-eating counterparts. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/…
@Doogie: your definitions are vague. Please provide links to your own assertions.
Great article about a little-known aspect of Rochester's music scene. City rocks!
The person who took the photo is an artist as well—so it's not the worst thing in the world if you took note of his name as well as his craft.
This was a great article. I had no idea we had all these guys in Rochester. Nice job Frank and photography team!
Correction of typo:
Troll Wisperer: Are you a denier of natural, cosmic and planetary causes of climate change?
Troll Wisperer: Are you a denier of natural, cosmic and planetary causes climate change?
Hey Bruce, thanks for the comment! We're currently working with our website developer on some tweaks to our site (the way photo captions are displayed being one of them). The "styling" of the captions is determined site-wide, so it's the same formatting on every article (i.e. we can't change JUST this article). Thanks for the feedback, though, and I'm glad you enjoyed the article & photos!
The root problem in the RCSD is that the district doesn't understand Maslow's hierarchy of needs. You MUST meet basic needs before you try to address higher-level needs. And they must be done in order.
First, you have to make sure that kids are fed and warm. I know they provide breakfast and lunch (though I admit that I don't know if the meals are actually edible. They might even want to look into that).
Second, you have to provide an environment of safety. This is where the district is failing miserably. The funds that Vargas refers to should be funneled unapologetically to getting the hallways safe. Teachers will do better, students will do better. But most importantly, you CANNOT address educational concerns until you address safety concerns.
Third, the problem starts in elementary school. A problem cannot be fixed from the top down. You have to start with the elementary schools. I know a few RCSD teachers. They face a generation of children whose families do not value education, thus there must be innovation on the part of the teacher....because their job is now not only to educate, but to make learning fascinating. In short, they must be education salespeople. Yes, it's hard. Yes, it's double the work that the suburb teachers have to do. But it IS possible.
Holy cow, isn't that quite picky? I had no problem reading the captions of the pictures and knowing immediately who the guitar maker was and who the photographer was.
@Leo, please provide links to peer-reviewed research that states the earth is not experiencing human-made global warming.
Despite its successes, the Rochester region still has its share of environmental problems.
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