LETTER: 'Our Students Have Been The Only Real Victims'
McElwain: "Miskin, and to whatever degree they are involved, the FTA board, the MTA, and indeed any individual, who took part in authorizing, authoring or supporting this 'stress plan' has done a great disservice to our teachers and our community..."
This community’s response to the outing of Mr. Miskin’s message and survey, sent to more than 1,000 FTA members, was completely proportionate to the threats he poses.
There is absolutely no misunderstanding, unless it’s his.
The fact that he has not retracted his letter and his survey has not been taken down, only modified, removing the request for School Committee member’s place of worship, and their children’s names and schools, continues to infuriate anyone with the sensibilities to recognize these kinds of tactics. (And in fact, the survey may have been modified only because a number of us reported it to Google yesterday, as a clear violation of their policy on hate, violence and illegal or offensive activities.)
Further, this has almost nothing to do with a reaching a fair contract to retain and attract great teachers. Apparently the contract agreement is close at hand as conveyed by the Superintendent at a PTO Presidents meeting I attended on Wednesday and as stated by Mr. Miskin to the Metro West Daily News yesterday.
Mr. Miskin, and to whatever degree they are involved, the FTA board, the MTA, and indeed any individual, who took part in authorizing, authoring or supporting this “stress plan” has done a great disservice to our teachers and our community as a whole.
Please do not misunderstand, Mr. Miskin, your explanation is transparent and does not hold up against your actions. Your tactics will not be tolerated in this community.
Over the last couple of days I’ve thought a lot about something said to me by a teacher back in December. She told me she was asked by a member of the FTA if the Hemenway parents were “still speaking to the teachers”.
At the time I thought, how crazy! Of course we are! Now I’m asking myself, was the tactic all along to “stress” all of us? Withhold services from the kids, to “stress” the parents?
We are talking to our teachers. We will continue to talk to and support our teachers. But it’s true, our students have been the only real victims in this process, which at best is a distraction and at worse has caused a real loss of learning opportunities.
Mr Miskin, you know, because HEM tried to work with you and the School Committee, in the spirit of we’re all playing for the same team, “our” kids, it has been stressful for parents. Mr. Miskin, I no longer believe you were ever on my kid’s team. To be crystal clear, even if you feel the way you’ve done things is for the kid’s, I don’t trust having you on their team.
I have heard Mr. Miskin loud and clear. He’s had his effect on all of us. I would now like to hear from the FTA board. Does Mr. Miskin continue to speak for you? Will you put an end to this?
To the wonderful teachers I’ve come to know and respect, you have helped my husband and I shape our daughter! I’m glad that I have had the chance to personally tell you that before today, so you know it is true and heartfelt. I will continue to support you in every way I can.
To the School Committee members, thank you for your service to us and our children. We are forever grateful to you for stepping up!