I’m hoping that publicly admitting my failure to act as a responsible citizen will help me to exorcise the guilt I’ve been feeling since last night’s decision to not get in my car and drive to yet another new polling location. You know I’m a big believer in exercising one’s civil rights, and I truly believe that those who don’t vote really shouldn’t feel entitled to offer an opinion on politics or education. So – why didn’t I get myself to Hoffman Ave last night? Well, I just didn’t feel like it.
I’m generally happy with the education my boys are getting in the Albany City School District. My only minor complaint is a lack of communication from the attendance office at the high school. I mean, my middle son has a crazy amount of tardies, yet I’ve never received notification about his inability to make it to class, particularly his first class of the day, on time. Not a big deal in my situation, or should I say his, but potentially problematic for students who may be truly teetering between passing and failing.
I’m glad the budgets in both my community and the district where I am employed passed. I know folks complain about taxes all the time, but I think my taxes are fair and I’ve never resented paying them. After years of teachers being in the crosshairs when it comes to public vilification and perception, the focus has changed a bit recently. It seems that school boards and administrators are now on the receiving end of the public’s wrath and dissatisfaction. God forbid we should look both higher (state and federal policy makers) and lower (parents and caregivers) when we assign blame for standards not being met.
I’d say more, but, since I couldn’t spare the time to vote, I’ll spare you my opinion on the subject.
Did you vote?