Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tears, fears, and ruined careers...submitted by a member

Weren't we all College and Career Ready when we became teachers? Did we suddenly stop learning and improving? No, we have become better at our work! How foolish it is to label veteran teachers as NI...or worse! 

Dr. Pia Durkin should be replaced. She will leave nothing of value here. Deeply committed teachers are breaking down. Dr. Durkin will leave only tears, fears, and ruined careers. 


Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Anyone reading this blog including, if they read it, the Mayor or someone from his office, elected School Committee members, members of the Standard-Times should now fully realize why Attleboro did not renew her contract.

The posting from a parent about Durkin getting into a parent's face concerning the incident at the high school shows that she is a bully. When I read the post, all I could say was "WOW."

Anonymous said...

All the people that voted for Jon Mitchell now live with him. I didn't vote for him and never would. Tony Cabral was an educator and he would have done a better job !!!!!! What I can't understand is that Mitchell's mother was a teacher and he is so against them, can't quite understand that one ?????

Anonymous said...

^She taught when times were much different. He believes we are overpaid for what we do, he could care less about our working conditions. That first election was so close, and I believe you are right. Our system would be in a better place for staff and students if Cabral had won.

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