|There's a lot of Upside Down in Education These Days|
The purpose of the Town Hall meeting was not to hold a protest rally, nor to provide a forum for insult, personal attack, or overall disregard – this disregard was not only between the audience and the Commissioner but between audience members themselves. Some asked to be allowed to hear responses while many out-shouted their ability to do so. Despite requests by the Commissioner and NYS PTA to be courteous, disruptions continued and escalated.
Did responses to question take longer than anticipated? Yes, they did. This part of the program ran 15 minutes beyond what was planned. But, we cannot ignore that much time was spent trying to settle the audience.
Prior to beginning, it was agreed to extend the statement period to allow the allotted time, if the program ran behind. During the statement period the Commissioner requested to respond to some comments to clarify inaccuracies. Those commenting felt this imposed on their time. Their level of frustration was raised, precipitating more jeers and shouting from the audience and adding to an already hostile environment. It was not constructive or productive to continue.
It will come as a surprise to nobody that Lana's son Chris happens to be the CEO and founder of a testing prep company called CATES. Does that strike anyone else as something akin to a conflict of interest? Or maybe it explains why she so rabidly defends an inept, politically appointed puppet like John King whose agenda counts high stakes testing as one of its main lynchpins. Mr. or Dr. Peter Ajemian more accurately has had a wee peck of trouble with Johnny Law, something about a misunderstanding with some Long Island RR workers who either were or weren't disabled. Surely a big mixup. My point really isn't to drag the fam through the mud here as much as point out why this particular NYSPTA Presdident's loyalties are bafflingly anti teacher and anti parent yet mind bogglingly pro-John King. Have a look at the restitution the good Doctor had to make for his transgressions : In addition to his prison term, AJEMIAN, 63, of Oyster Bay Cove, New York was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. He has also agreed to forfeit $116.5 million and pay $116.5 million in restitution, and was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Oh thaaaat. I remember once I screwed up with the IRS and had to pay them 117 million. No wait it was $1400.
O.k. Mr. teacher blogger, nice going, you just blew up this poor lady's son and husband because you don't like her allegiances to the NYSED Commissioner John King, you might be thinking. Well not really, but when people pretend to be looking out for my interests as a parent and a teacher but in reality have the interests of people who seek to destroy public education and my profession so they can get even richer, I guess it's fair to say I have a huge problem with that. Again, it's just like John King thinking he could do some smoke and mirrors schtick, bullshit everyone about how Montessori and Common Core Standards are virtually interchangeable curricula. As if nobody would go hit the internet afterwards and start tearing that fairy tale to shreds. Well I am insulted by Lana Ajemian's lame attempt to play the distressed Margaret Dumont character shrieking "Won't Someone Please Think of the Children" while Mongol teachers and Hunnish parents ransacked, pillaged and set fire to the halls where John King's sensitivities were traumatized to the point that he had to pull a Jonas Brothers and cancel the rest of his Tour. For now I have to ask the obvious again, why is a person with no interest in the welfare of students, parents or teachers parading around with the title President of NYSPTA ? It strains credulity.