January 31 at 4:28am · 02/02/2017-
An update on the Union letter which erroneously made its way into my sons folder-
I spoke with the principal of my sons school this morning, who has been very helpful and supportive since this scenario has unraveled. She did successfully investigate how this happened, was forthright, and has taken action to prevent this from occurring again.
When said Union rep failed to pass these fliers out in a timely manner she went to the school with them at the end of the day, at the very last second, and hurriedly passed these to these teachers with a quick instruction to pass them out to parents. My sons teacher passed the 8-10 copies directly into the students mail boxes, where the children pick up their homework and artwork to bring home at the end of the day. She wasn't told that said material had not been approved by the administration of that school and had no idea the rep failed to inform even the principal of this flier.
'This is shameful- how dare they send material home promoting fear and hate against our president. Don't ever hand my child political material like this ever again!' I expect my child be taught to respect his president and love his country- not begin dividing him against his leader at 6 years old. Fail Schenectady County!)
I am very pleased to say that steps have been taken at Paige Elementary to prevent this from happening in the future. The principal has already implemented a new system for all material being distributed at the school. All material has to be approved by administration before distribution (as has always been the case) and a color coded sticker system will be used to mark all approved material before it leaves the principals office. This system is simple, easy to follow, quick to implement, and it's cheap!
I would like to see Larry Spring [*(518) 370-8100*], the superintendent of Schenectady schools, step forward and address this on a county wide level. Perhaps he should do something to reassure such a simple and inexpensive system is put into place across the entire district. The superintendent, more so than others, has the power to raise awareness to these issues and acknowledges when mistakes have been made. He could even raise enough awareness to reassure that this is prevented on a state wide level, reaching beyond our small district into others as well.
Perhaps 8-10 children aren't many,
but one of them was my baby.
A statement such as the one made on this particular piece of political propaganda could have seriously altered my six year olds perspective of the world around him.
To all of the parents out there, who found this as appalling as I did, please be vigilant! We quickly trust that schools are teaching our children everything they need to know and nothing more. This was an innocent mistake that lead to no harm. That doesn't mean we should rest on our laurels and assume everyone has only our kids best interest in mind.
It is our God given responsibility as parents to actively participate in our children's education as well. Only you can teach your son or your daughter love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
...And if everyone did, left or right, we would live in a much different world...
Are aimed at young minds
Destructive and Disruptive