Stopthemadness's comment history

Stopthemadness said...

By the time this is posted, I hope this is old news. It's sad that this is one of the top commented stories in the paper, and I feel a little bit dumber having wasted my time reading all these comments. HOWEVER, I have a personal interest in this story.

First of all, I am thankful for our right to speak freely in this country, and forums like this give people like us (those who are not in positions of power to make the decisions that affect the masses) the opportunity to have a voice. But, as I have told my students, if you speak without evidence, if you speak without compassion for the opposition, and if you speak without knowledge, you will NEVER be taken seriously. But I think I may be false in telling them these things. The real danger is that they WILL be taken seriously by people who also lack knowledge, and at that point, our freedom of expression just becomes a meaningless "old adage."

Please remember that you are talking about a student. Please remember that you are talking about a body of students. Please remember that you are talking about educators who care for these students. Please remember that we are all human beings with our biases and flaws and that NONE of us live in glass houses.

Having said that, I wish some of the teachers and administrators could get on here and correct some of the misinformation being thrown out from EVERY side, but we are professionals who work with children. We have to protect their privacy. If you want to know more about the kids in the Hamilton County schools, go volunteer in your local community. Not a single one of us is perfect, nor are our students, but we all share a common goal: we want our students to graduate from high school with the tools to succeed when they come to work with YOU.

Spending hours online arguing and mudslinging over one player's eligibility is NEVER going to help us achieve that goal...

October 17, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.

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