Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If you can't beat 'em

So Michael DeChiara, the Shutesbury school committee chair who complained to the DA about public officials who blog--a thinly veiled attempt to censor Catherine Sanderson's School Committee blog--is now involved as technical consultant with a new blog promoting the schools.

A thinly veiled attempt to counter Catherine Sanderson's well established, popular blog that has a bad habit of calling them as she sees them.

No doubt this new blog--along with the "Vote yes for Amherst" yahoo listserve--will be used to hammer Ms. Sanderson in the School Committee election this spring. Fortunately, Ms. Sanderson has a bigger hammer.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would this blog be better known as "The Maria Geryk Fan Club"?

LarryK4 said...

Yes you will see nothing but glowing positive stories about the schools.

A preaching-to-the-converted style that will quickly result in boredom.

Anonymous said...

And you will see Ms. Bertrand and Mr. Churchill.

Apparently, the blog has the prescribed tone and the proper level of political correctness unlike Catherine's. Without the anonymous posters, you will probably see no teachers. But you will see the obligatory remarks nicely buried in the text that the current SC is working against teachers, not for them.

I see that Michael Jacques, with his unique combination of candor and deference, has wandered into this thicket of politeness. Let's see how long he stays.

Perhaps a SC candidate will emerge from all of this good feeling.

LarryK4 said...

Oh I'm sure we will see lots of (teacher) Nina Koch as well.

Anonymous said...

Ya see that person next to you on your right, you know, the one you think agrees with you on everything, well, take his or her hand. Now look to your left, you see that guy who is sending his kids to a private school out of town, but who remains a ferocious supporter of the public schools, now take his hand.

Now form a circle and let's start singing about how great our schools are! Really let yourself go and CELEBRATE OUR SCHOOLS, because heaven knows, brothers and sisters, those damned School Committee members have been running down our schools for too long! Who cares what's happening elsewhere? What matters is what WE think and especially HOW WE FEEL!

Anonymous said...

Fill in the blank: which Amherst residents are sending their kids to private schools?

Anonymous said...

Would this blog be better know as "The Prozac Sucking Anarchist's Spin Network For Conspiring To Continue Lining Its' Greedy Pockets With Tax Dollars While Maintaining Its' Hold Of Deception Over An Entire City Of Dysfunctional, Ego-Maniacal Morons Fan Club"?


Well is it???

LarryK4 said...

Not sure if all of that would fit on the masthead.

Anonymous said...

"Well is it???" change to: "Well would it???"

Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed the public school personnel & committee members and admins who work for, establish policy etc. but then choose to send their children elsewhere...with salaries derived from the public sector.

Why would you work for a system you can't trust to teach your own child?

HT

Anonymous said...

I want to know if Engage consulting was paid to develop the blog? if so, was it public $?

Anonymous said...

Obviously, it doesn't seem like hypocrisy to them. They have reconciled themselves to it somehow.

In the meantime, the school system is good enough for your child.

Anonymous said...

What is Engage consulting?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the owners of the new blog spent as much public funds as Catherine did for her blog.

LarryK4 said...

I'm sure you're correct.

Too bad they did not install an open public sitemeter like Catherine did.

Anonymous said...

whats an open public site meter, Larry?

LarryK4 said...

Well if you look over on the far right about half way down just under "Larry's required reading" you will see mine (and if I show you mine why shouldn't they show you theirs?)

Catherine's is all the way at the very bottom of her page dead center.

If you click on an open site meter you know how many folks are coming to the blog, where they originate from, how long they spend reading and, oftentimes, what Google search they did in order to end up on the blog.

With a "closed sitemeter" those stats are only available to the blogowner.

Anonymous said...

thsi site keeps getting more and more paranoid. but I do appreciate LK's comment about the masthead. Thanks for the chuckle.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I think that there's plenty of paranoia in Amherst outside of this website.

Check out Mary Streeter's Town Meeting Yahoo group.

"Paranoia" tends to be defined as "whatever I'm not concerned about". The rest are "legitimate concerns".

Ask library employees, or long-time library patrons, about paranoia.

Anonymous said...

So what happened to Mr. DeChiara's original ethical concerns about blogging by elected officials? Did they just vaporize?

Anonymous said...

You can't really have a dialogue about public education without the involvement of employees in public education.

And, without the anonymous posting option, the educators have demonstrated that they won't participate. So this latest effort would appear to be DOA.

LarryK4 said...

Pretty sagacious for an Anon

Anonymous said...

Rest assured, Monsieur Kelley, that the (how do you call it?) "cheapshotting" of Professor Sanderson of Amherst College on our hallowed website will be, shall we say, very, very, oh so very,.... polite.

We wish to keep it very, very, oh so very.......positive.

We wish to exist and dialogue with each other on a higher plane than, shall we say, you ruffians.

Anonymous said...

"Paranoia" tends to be defined as "whatever I'm not concerned about". The rest are "legitimate concerns".


Amherst period.


Fcking slum.

Anonymous said...

"Ask library employees, or long-time library patrons, about paranoia."


Ask school maintenance/transportation dept. employees about paranoia.


Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

you know, a site meter... the thing that shows you that the last 20 people who visited the site are from Springfield, Monson, New Brunswick, Middlefield CT, West Brookfield, West Haven CT, Waltham, Fairhaven CT, Haverhill, Coventry RI, Holyoke, Granby, Brockton, Boston... Hey! Where's all your local support?!?!

LarryK4 said...

A reader is a reader is a reader.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous 11:21 a.m. - the site meter reads me as Springfield but I'm an Amherst resident. I expect the meter reads are based on something other than actual residency.

LarryK4 said...

True enough. Where your provider is located.

Anonymous said...

Oh, You'll see a lot of BS on this new bog site of theirs, the good news is: that more ppl living in Amherst are no longer drinking the water and are waking up and reading between the lines, AKA savvy to the shit!

Anonymous said...

Check out the flood of commenters coming into the supposed "safe place" for discussion about education.

In short, no flood, hardly a trickle, just a handful of the usual suspects complimenting each other.

No, our schools are not a "safe place" if you have any criticism or problems with the status quo. The new blog is not a "safe place" either.

Anonymous said...

Hey, catch the lively back-and-forth going on at www.communitysupportededucation.net!

There is so much content there, it'll make your head spin.