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A Fable of a Swimming Pool and Acquatic Sports and other Horror Stories

12 Apr

The Legend is That a Former President of the RCS Board of Education and his Cronies had to Slip it to the RCS Residents to Get the Pool (Hidden) in the Budget.

The original propaganda:

The Myth: "For the Kids"

The real future (?):

The Reality: what the kids are going to be paying for (you are already)! The pool and the money will dry up!

Double-dipping? No, not in the pool this time. But read on… I may be losing it but I always thought that you could do only one job at a time and get paid for that job.

Are you OK with this, too? He is!

Well, it appears that RCS teachers may be nominated for a Nobel prize in ingenuity: They’ve figured out how to do at least two jobs at the same time and get paid for BOTH–also known as “double-dipping”! Seems that an annual salary of about $70+K just isn’t enough (plus summers off!), so one prominent teachers association official has a second job, apparently done at the same time and the same place as his teaching job (he teaches only two periods a day so he can take care of “association business”?), and while he does his teachers association finagling. He gets an additional $10+K for the “second job,” which is also at the same school during the same time he’s being a “teacher.” I sure hope he’s not teaching morality or ethics! How’s that work, I wonder?  Nice racket RCS taxpayers. Less teaching load, same money, second job done at the same time, an extra 10K?  Not bad! Question: Who’s his supervisor on job 1 and who on job 2? Any answers? Let’s get the real story and publish some figures!

 Abuse? (Control yourself, now. We’re talking about verbal abuse.)

Is this alright?

Now back at the pool, another character is hard at work…Has anyone investigated? A while back, an angry parent, a neighbor, in fact, shared with me the ordeal that the children were enduring at the hands of a “swimming coach,” that was so outrageous she was contemplating legal action. She allegedly brought the complaint to the middle school where her daughter was on the swim team and was apparently being verbally abused (Note! verbally! Here’s a site on Verbal Abuse.) by the coach/instructor. The neighbor’s daughter was not the only one to experience the technique of the coach, others had, too. Isn’t that a form of bullying?  Information is that same teacher is still there and nothing much has changed. Why not?

Helmet concussion in school sports? Is this a test? There have been numerous cases of long-term damage to the brain in school and professional sports due to even apparently minor impact to the head, even when wearing a helmet. This has ushered in a number of research studies and mandates for safer helmet design. (See the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.) There’s a good article on the subject regarding highschool sports by Jonah Leher, The Fragile Teenage Brain: An in-depth look at concussions in high school football, in Grantland (January 12, 2012)  (click here for a pdf copy Jonah Lehrer-Fragile Teenage Brain). So, parents, what do you think about a bunch of teacher/coaches bouncing footballs off your kid’s helmet at practice? Isn’t that a form of bullying, too? Think they might have gotten a few knocks on the field? Or are they just stupid by birth? Ask the kids about this. Any Answers?

Addendum: Now tell me we’re not timely. On April 12 WMHT aired a Health Link segement with Benita Zahn and guests on the topic of–Guess what? TBI, traumatic brain injury in school athletes. Details at Traumatic Brain Injury

Think about this: You are electing teachers or retired teachers to the Board of Education; their friends and buddies, also teachers, at the school want this and that, and $$more money$$. The Teachers Association brings the requests to the BoE and the former and still teachers give them what they want. If it’s proposal against a teacher or the interests of the Teachers Association, they simply stonewall. Government as usual, do you think? That’s a question: Do YOU think? Do you put the fox in the henhouse to make sure the fox doesn’t have a party where the main course is…chicken? Apparently, YOU do! Solution: Keep the teachers and the Teachers Association in the school where they belong; put parents and business people on the Board of Education. Teachers and Teachers Association still have the opportunity to address the board in public session. Fair enough, isn’t it?

One thought keeps popping up in my mind: How is it that this is going on in such a small place, and everyone seems to know about it but nobody is coming forward–at least not out in the open–with it. Why are we getting this stuff in confidential conversations? Where is the news media? Where are the parents? Where are the watchdogs?

Maybe the Times Useless and its pulp fiction writers and the Daily Mail should be going after sharks instead of minnows, after the habitual perps and pervs and not just after some poor bastard who disputes his taxes. Waddaya think?

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2 responses to “A Fable of a Swimming Pool and Acquatic Sports and other Horror Stories

  1. laszlo polyak

    April 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    loved the reading, do you need real facts? and doc’s to back it you can have them ?

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