Misplaced priorities are not related
As a teacher in the Maryville City Schools, I have followed the upcoming school board election with great interest. We should all look closely at the positions of the five candidates. The issues that face our school system call for serious, creative leadership and require collaborative approaches to problem solving. I hope that no one who runs for a spot on the school board does so in the service of a vendetta, as payback for making a difficult decision, or for personal political gain.
I was profoundly disappointed to read on Jackie Palmer’s website promoting her candidacy for school board what appears to be an attempt to link the terrible events at Penn State to the need for new direction in the Maryville City Schools. To argue that what happened at Penn State, with its pattern of misplaced priorities, has even the remotest connection to the current direction of our school system is offensive to me.
The Maryville City school system has not lost track of its priorities. We were the first school district to win a Tennessee SCORE Award (2011) for dramatically improving student achievement. Bloomberg Businessweek named Maryville “one of the best places to raise kids in Tennessee,” citing our average school math and reading scores and describing our school system as excellent.
I have been teaching for 36 years and agree with Mrs. Palmer that teaching is a very hard job. Demeaning the best school system in the state with such a reckless characterization does not make it any easier.
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