Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made me realize that I should supportthe young people in my new community. It takes a village to raise a child! Thanks for bringing the obvious to light! ...(full comment)
See, the difference between you and me is that I can tell that what your wrote was a very strained attempt at satire. Which you, apparently, were incapable of doing with what's-his-names editorial above. Hope this hasn't been to taxing for you. Goodbye, I've had my fun. ...(full comment)
Impala, this white ARPS parent completely disagrees.
You cannot separate the two, and you should not trivialize this as an issue isolated to "adult bathroom graffiti". Racism is ugly, and it is real, and it hurts all of us. Disavowing it or burying our collective head in the sand does not make it go away.
What happens to a teacher in an educational setting affects our children, particularly the kind of victimization that took place this last year. Imagine that you're a child growing up in the Amherst school system, a minority student, already aware of and perhaps even a victim of racism. You feel vulnerable, you feel perhaps your own education & opportunities in life will be thwarted and confined, irrespective of your talents and potential, and then you see one of the few minority teachers (and potential allies/mentors) harassed and driven out of the school by nasty racist remarks from schoolmates.
This cannot and should not be swept under the carpet, nor should any adult indulge in the fantasy that what happens to a teacher has no affect on the students, our children. ...(full comment)
Oh Pasqual, I think you're full of so many good ideas and viewpoints. I'm thankful you and John can formulate such good satire. Just magnificent. I think Obama has been the best, most transparent and qualified president, ever. Why, many would just like to do away with the whole two-term thing and just have him go on forever. I was really hoping for a change like that. Thank you, dear Pasqual. ...(full comment)
Nah, that's too much. But maybe we can make 9/12 Teach "Freedom" How to Read Day? Oh, also, you know the articles on The Onion are parody too, right? And that Stephen Colbert is not actually a right wing pundit? Did I just blow your mind? ...(full comment)
It's so hard to tell when people are being sarcastic online. Especially when so many people's views have become a parody of themselves. I am not 100% sure if "freedom" realizes that this column was a parody, and is trying to be cute. Or maybe they really have such a short attention span that they didn't get to the punchline at the end. Given "freedom's" previous posts, I sort of doubt that they have the brain power for the former. But I really hope I'm wrong.