Have any of our other mayors been stopped for speeding on the thruway? Mayors of other cities? Probably. Have those stops been reported by anonymous folks and reported on? If no one is researching that, then yes, this is all a Lovely Warren pile on. Whether you pile on for racism, sexism, or anger at the political upset in the city, it's still a pile on
This argument to bogus!
Why WE SHOULD boycott Sochi: Very simple. The IOC had no business allowing this anti-gay, hate-driven nation to host the games, knowing full well about Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" anti-gay laws. Supporting the athletes, for me, means sending a clear message to the IOC to think first before giving such a hateful nation the rights to host the games. I personally hope these Winter Games fail miserably! Screw Sochi... ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Matt my question continue to be: If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people? No one on this comment section has attempted to answer this conclusive question. Why? Because your response will reveal and prove what I have been saying repeatedly in prior comments. They are people of caucasian descent that supports Lovely but I am talking about those who didn't and can't get over it; like you and the many others that continue to rant racial undertones guise in a fashion as if your are simply making honest observations. Get over it: Stop crying and ranting about insignificant crap like speeding tickets. Answer the question anyone: If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people?
If BYRNA WEIR thinks "shopping local" means shopping at CVS, then I feel sorry for all our truly local businesses.
I am so sick-and-tired-of-being-sick-and-tired of educational / political-bomb-throwing-gun-slingers (such as Randi Weingarten) blowing into town, and making grandiosely-rhetorical statements, and then they're off to their next political-stop.
I challenge Weingarten, anyone else in AFT and/or any of their affiliates to point out a single statement in which someone has "blamed teachers for Rochester being the fifth poorest city in the country,” In light of such careless, irresponsible foolishness --- how can this woman possibly expect to be taken seriously, especially by the vast majority of Rochester City School District parents and families? That probably doesn't matter to her. More than likely, she was really in town on a mission --- to drop what some might consider interesting, but really libelous, sound bites, and to make a direct, local connection relative to ongoing, political posturing on the part of AFT, and its affiliates.
AFT affiliates are well known for touting the idea that, with regard to the desperate need to significantly improve urban education, we ALL need to stop engaging in the blame game. Yet, with regard to being "supportive" of teachers --- in the article at the link below --- in two very short paragraphs --- Weingarten manages to point fingers at "the new mayor [Lovely Warren], the school board, New York lawmakers, and state education officials." To say that this is a clear, classic example of hypocrisy at the highest level --- represents a gross understatement.
As it relates to that which City Newspaper reporter Tim Macaluso made a quantum-leap, and characterized as "a broader view," i.e., the idea that "Weingarten said that current education reform efforts are failing" --- is shallow and incomplete (to say the least). What Macaluso and Weingarten didn't say is that the failure of so-called urban "education reform" is nothing new (not by a long shot). That is, so-called "reform" efforts --- many of which Weingarten, the AFT, and their local, state, and regional affiliates spear-headed, and helped lead --- have been underway for at least three (3) to four (4) decades, and have, by all measures, failed miserably, which is what created the huge void that Big-Business (corporate "reformers") have stepped into.
With regard to Weingarten's declaration that we need to "stop with the fixation on testing and fixate on the whole child" --- that's old, old, worn-out, tired, meaningless rhetoric (pure and simple). What WE really need to do is stop pontificating, and spell out very clearly what WE mean when WE talk about "fixating on the whole child," i.e., how (specifically) does this mysterious, mystical process of "fixating on the whole child" look, and who (specifically) should be the craft-persons and implementers of this, and when (specifically) will the process begin? No more empty rhetoric, noise, pontificating, and/or posturing. It is crystal clear that WE need a real, deadly-serious, authentic, education reform MOVEMENT. Either AFT is going to help build one, or they're not --- period.
As I noted earlier, in some cases, what Weingarten said, and./ or what Macaluso chose to write is not nearly as important as what was not said, and/or written. In this regard, the two-sentence paragraph below is an outstanding example. PLEASE PAY VERY, VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PARAGRAPH:
"When the scores of urban schools are subtracted from some of the international tests used to evaluate student proficiency levels, students in the US have scored the same for the last decade. Weingarten said this shows that the problems in US education have more to do with extreme social-economic imbalances that education reform has failed to address."
I want to make sure that WE ALL understand the clear implications of the first sentence in the latter-quoted paragraph. Thus I have rewritten it, and injected a couple of critical factors, which were omitted: "When the scores of [predominantly black and brown] urban schools, [across the thoroughly racist U.S. of A. --- in every direction --- North, East, South, and West] are subtracted from some of the international tests used to evaluate student proficiency levels, [overwhelmingly, predominantly white, middle and upper class] students in the [thoroughly racist] US [in every direction --- North, East, South, and West] have scored the same for the last decade." WHAT DOES THIS REALITY INFORM US TO DO? With regard to the second sentence in the paragraph, Weingarten is correct, i.e., " this shows that the problems in US education have more to do with extreme social-economic imbalances that education reform has failed to address." However, what she either did not say, and / or Macaluso failed to write --- is again, that this is nothing new. In fact, so-called "education reform" has NEVER successfully or effectively addressed the very old, historic, "extreme social-economic imbalances" --- the latter of which are literally as old as the public education system itself. So for Ms. Weingarten to present this --- as if it is some kind of new phenomenon --- is disingenuous to say the least, and plain insensitive, irresponsible, intentionally cunning, and deceptive at worst.
If the "American Federation of Teachers advocates raising teacher education standards, by adapting an education model that resembles medical school with teachers having to pass a longer clinical internship" --- then why did they get in cahoots with the same "corporate reformers" and state officials, whom they are now criticizing --- relative to agreement to implement so-called Common Core Standards? Was the idea that, if things didn't work out the way AFT, Weingarten, and company wanted --- they would apparently and obviously back out of the deal? An even more critically important question is why did they enter into a deal in the first place? If they have a position on reform, as she claims, then why did they not stand their ground, and reject that which was clearly, and obviously a wrong and backwards direction --- right from the very start? Had they done so, they would have been more believable now, and would have more credibility.
"Weingarten is [not just now discovering that] current education reform measures emphasize austerity, de-professionalizing teaching, and privatization of public schools." That is old news. She, and everyone else who has been paying attention, knew that --- right from the start. It's not as if the corporate "reformers," and their political / governmental lackeys changed stripes along the way. On the contrary, they have been crystal-clear about their direction, interests, and intentions --- from the very beginning, which of course revolves mainly around profit. Apparently, Weingarten and company miscalculated. Apparently, they thought that (like in the past) the profits would be extracted solely from the hides of urban students and families. Apparently, they never imagined that many of their own members would be required to give up a few pounds of flesh.
The bottom line is that Weingarten and AFT have come to the final fork in the road. It has become clear that they will no longer be able to play both dichotomous-ends against the middle. They are going to have to decide which of the two roads they will take, i.e. whether or not they are finally going to enter into authentic, cooperative, truly collaborative partnership with all stake-holders, and especially with those who are most directly, and most negatively impacted --- in an ongoing process of building a real, principled, legitimate education reform movement --- period. No more flem-flam; no more snake-oil. The con-game is up.
Very well said, MAT.
Mitt Romney, you stated that the City of Rochester is 85% minority. That is incorrect and shows a very real misunderstanding of our city's racial and ethnic makeup. In fact, per easily found US Census data, the City of Rochester is 38% white non-Hispanic, and 16% Hispanic all races. Black non-Hispanics make up roughly 40% while Asians (by far the fastest growing segment of our city's population) make up 3%.
This is a diverse but segregated community. Lovely could not have won without support from the white community. To suggest that all white folks are Tea Party right wingers is just ridiculous. Honest criticism of elected officials is a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. No elected official in our community has faced as much criticism and scrutiny as Maggie Brooks due to the scandals, patronage, and hyper partisanship experienced under her leadership. She is white and her detractors are largely white as well. This is not about race, this is Democracy and sometimes it gets messy. Making this about race is cheap, childish, and insulting.
If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people?
Not sure your argument holds water. It's like saying that tomorrow there will be a terrible car crash, make sure you look out your window so you can be a witness. This whole Sochi Olympics has been tainted from the start, and now there's news about the poisoning of stray dogs around the city! The whole thing stinks, and no one with a conscience should pay any attention to this. And I for one will not be donating dime one to the inevitable victims of whatever tragedy occurs, be it a bombing, a hostage situation, or whatever...if you were stupid enough to go there, you get what you get.
Hi Jason, thanks for the question. My answer is no, my opinion would not be different. My basic point is not that I'm planning to watch the Sochi Olympics regardless of Russia's politics. I am watching Sochi in part BECAUSE of those politics, which I find horrifying. I believe it is important for the world to be watching, and to hold Russia accountable for its actions. Not watching the games, not paying attention what's going on, solves absolutely nothing.
In the original version of the article I mentioned the situation with Pussy Riot, the punk-rock band whose members were imprisoned for speaking out against Putin and Russian politics in 2012. If nobody had been paying attention to that situation, if the world had not been crying out for their release and commenting on the injustice of that situation, I don't believe they would ever have been released. (As it stands, the group members are convinced that once the spotlight turns away from Russia, they will be put in prison again.)
The Olympics are putting Russia in the center of a global stage, and afford an opportunity to scrutinize what is going on there and comment about it. If the most critical voices are not paying close attention to Russia's behavior during the games, we are missing an opportunity. Yes, I will be watching the sporting events themselves. But I will be reading every dispatch I can about the treatment of athletes and visitors alike. I will be watching to see any little slip-up on behalf of the Russian government. And I will be commenting on it. One person complaining about it on social media? Who cares? A world commenting about this situation all at once? That could start a discourse. I sincerely don't see what ignoring the opportunity affords us.
What if Russia were criminalizing having dark skin? or practicing Judaism? Would your opinion be different? Why?
As a resident of that neighborhood, my bigger concern is the proliferation of car-centric businesses (specifically more drive-thrus) in a pedestrian-dominated neighborhood, but the neighborhood association has other plans.
Sadly, this article doesn't mention that the Regents taskforce appointed by Tisch to make proposals re the Common Core testing and data privacy issues, and that includes Norwood, has been meeting in private -- in violation of the Open Meetings law. And the inaccessibility of most of the Regents to their constituents is well known, and has led to them following in lock step with the flawed and rigid priorities of the Commissioner and Tisch -- rather than allowing for more "flexibility," as Norwood claims above.
When Warren was campaigning, neighborhood revitalization and neighborhood-based economic development was a major theme. But now in this interview she says all that means is that she will plant a few trees, tear down a few houses and slap a coat of paint on some exteriors. This is already being done. Where is her grand plan for the neighborhoods? This is NOT what she campaigned on and it sounds now like she is thoroughly backtracking on the promises she made to the residents of our city. This promise to the neighborhoods was something I was actually hopeful to see proceed forward vigorously. Something is amiss here and I wish that City News had dug deeper.
I hope this doesn't sound overly racist, but I'm still waiting for the details on the security detail. The mayor's over-the-top limousine service somehow doesn't seem appropriate for Rochester when the mayor of Albany drives her own SUV and pays for the gas with her own money.
Such a shame. I thought he was much older.
I read the article with interest and agree that it is going to take each person in the village to take a hard look at themselves to see if they have one finger pointing out but 3 fingers pointing back at themselves. Personally, I'm glad the Charter schools have come and made an impact. The Uncommon schools have one mission-to see that more urban children get to college because education is what changes the status quo. Everything about those schools implies that the student can make it and the staff is going to ensure that they do. That's been my experience. For children that don't fit the very structured mold of a charter school, I think we as parents and grandparents are going to have to realize that we are going to have to teach our children to read ourselves. No waiting for the CSD to do it. No waiting for a reading teacher to show up in the district. Each one teach one so when our children hit the front door of their school they have the basics down pat.
On Thursday, 1/30 Dr. Karsonya W. Whitehead gave students at the U of R the Carter G. Woodson lecture. To say the least, it was inspiring. Her point was that as teachers, educators, parents, we have an obligation to "spark the genius" in each child through our own ability to maintain the vision that genius is indeed there. so the child can become empowered. There are some teachers and parents (it is a team) who are able to hold on to the vision and see the gifts in each child and are able to cultivate that gift. this to me is the challenge in teaching... can the adult take the lead in establishing rapport, stirring interest, and ultimately inspire the passion in the child to be the best student he/she can be despite poverty or any other potential road block? The answer is yes. It has been done in other urban cities, and it can be done in Rochester.
On next Thursday, Dr. Raymond Winbush will be speaking at the Baobub Cultural Center on the strategies needed to raise African American boys. Any teacher or parent even remotely connected should hear what he has to say.
We have too many guns in this country. Altercations that used to end with bruises and broken bones are now ending in deaths.
We can justify carrying a handgun because of all the angry people out there. Unfortunely, we are all now seeing that it is ofen the defender who kills out of his own anger.
A gun is a poor mans bodyguard. When we justify bodyguards for the rich, we endorse guns for everyone else.
A bodyguard for the mayor may be necessary. However, this tacit approval of guns for the masses can only result in more shootings and deaths.
If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people.
Eric Maloney: You have offered a reason for the problem, not a solution. Single-parent families do exist, many of them in the city are low-income, and the children in said families can have educational disadvantages. How do we fix that?
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