Dear Readers and commenters above,
Before you comment about how disrespectful these gentlemen were in their actions, I would like to challenge you to do some work around empathy.
Can you put your "stuff" aside and look through someone else's eyes?
Can you search for understanding someone's else feelings and emotions other than your own? Our children are trying to tell us something, peacefully. Instead of arguing whether or not we think its right or wrong, why don't we just listen?
Thank you Mary Anna Towler for hearing them.
The behavior of the school board member and the random disruptive guy mirrors what is happening in our schools and even in our world. Anger, rage, and sadness was prevalent at this meeting just as it is in the RCSD. Hope prevails when we start to really listen to each other and create the space for everyone to be able to safely express their feelings, and allow them to exist. Where do we need to start? I am not sure, but I know every day as a RCSD teacher and parent, I listen and try to teach my students and children how to listen to each other. I also allow them to feel it all. I am choosing hope and will hold and carry the good, because even though there is a lot of darkness, there is more light. You just have to look harder.
Thank you CityNewsPaper for focusing on interesting, newsworthy causes and the humans behind them. We all need more reminders of this kind of work and humanity at its best. Onward and upward Rochester.
Clearly Ms. Raethka's worst decision in 2015 was to write this opinion blog contributing to the negative media coverage of the RCSD. Personal decisions are one thing but sharing it with media and discouraging families from moving into the city? Shame on her.
" And it’s going to require teachers and administrators to create a different kind of school experience." I would like to request that we create a different world in which we put children first.
Dear City Newspaper, You have let me down. I have always valued your approach, your honest reporting, your integrity to tell the truth. The headline alone reads like most main-streamed media reporting on education. This like so many articles on education, implies that once again teachers are to blame, because of course we have to blame someone. I expect this kid of reporting from some publications, but not you.
I live in the city, send my kids to city schools and teach in the RCSD. Bill Cala is challenging everyone to think outside of the box. My students are not "gang bangers" they are children. Children who deserve a chance and that is what Bill Cala is offering. Thank you Bill Cala from someone who gets it.
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