Clearly Umsteadr is in fact Mrs. Chamberlain herself. There is a pattern of this individual taking what are clearly first world problems and escalating them to levels of ridiculous crisis. She has ongoing issues with all of her neighbors, and checking the local records will show that she calls the local sheriff on an almost weekly basis, sometimes for ridiculous external reasons, others for unknown problems that exist within her own household. The bottom line is that Grove Park is a peaceable, friendly neighborhood, extremely cosmopolitan. Mrs. Chamberlain seems to however see it as some Marxist dictatorship. The level of interest in her various issues in the community at large are next to zero. I suggest that the individual concerned seek professional counseling.
Now wait a minute, chocolate IS a vegetable.
I live in Grove Park and am acquainted with both of the homeowners. I was at the HOA meeting in 2010 after Mrs. Chamberlain shared a video that caught Waraksa in a bald face lie, which led to Waraksa being forced to leave his job as treasurer & vice pres. of our board. Shortly after that it seems Waraksa started the trouble with the bushes. I don't have a high opinion of the former board member, after seeing the lengths he will go to cover a lie. Mrs. Chamberlain has done a lot for Grove Park. The moral of this story is, don't live in Grove Park HOA.
"Excuses are for the minds of the incompetent; they build cities out of nothing and bridges headed straight to nowhere." Wise words to remember.
It does look like we are not doing anything about plagiarism in the case of Principal Jackson. I agree with you and think it's embarrassing.
CityFox--I agree! The actions of Pope and the gov. (I don't respect him enough to use his name---because he has lied to everyone almost every time he is in front of a microphone!)--means a lack of morals for both and this also causes many of us to look at the NC Legislature and wonder about those folks too! When our government feels that all efforts should be extended to corporations and that every regulatory department should extend "special care" to these "customers" and that they should be made happy, happy, happy. To hell with what harm polluting industries does to human health, the reduced IQ of children, the damages done to future generations, and the destruction of our ecosystem! This administration is committed to only one thing: Corporate Customers and the folks who paid their way into office. The citizens of NC can go to hell in a hand basket on an airplane for all they care!
Why in god's name would anyone buy from Rose's or any store owned by someone who hates his customers. Art Pope uses his profits to hurt women, the poor, the elderly. He supports right-wing groups that want to take away hard earned freedoms.
And, how can Pope, with his obvious political agenda, be allowed to hold a job as NCs budget director? Pope is a menace who pulls the strings of the puppet governor, McCrory. They all need to be kicked out of office in 2014 then tarred and feathered.
Pope's request is ridiculous. It's a scavenger hunt, and goes well beyond reason.
Can we make a statement about Plagiarism in our district please? The work of "Chapel Hill High School principal Sulura Jackson" is now part of a marketing blog for a anti-plagiarism product (http://en.writecheck.com/blog/2013/12/4/plagiarism-allegations-phd-student-and-principal).
They write, "When word arrives that a principal has been passing off the words of others as her own, it sets a terrible example for students and raises questions about why plagiarism is wrong, especially when someone such as the principal can do it and get away with it. It seems unfair to punish students for something that their educators are excused from."
According to the Public Schools of North Carolina web site, "Plagiarism is illegal in the state of North Carolina according to General Statute § 14-118.2."
Pope is a 1&%er piece of human excrement.
This is a joke, right? Principal plagiarizes and administration blames teachers for calling it out? It's plagiarism.
What do other schools do?
The administration in NYC got it right when they call out another principal who ended up leaving, saying, "We do not tolerate plagiarism in our schools," Walcott said in a statement. "We teach our students the importance of integrity in their work, so to have this allegation about one of our principals is very concerning." http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/principal-school-writers-rips-david-foster-wallace-grad-speech-article-1.125809#ixzz2mlHvHa2l
We have got nothing so far from the administration other than it was handled poorly by the teachers, and it's a distraction. We need a statement that addresses the accusation of plagiarism in our schools. Do we tolerate it? Apparently yes. But that's the wrong message. Be leaders. Be courageous!
When Toronto School Board member who had plagiarized wrote his resignation he writes, "I regret that I have not set a good or proper example for the many thousands of young people I've been privileged to meet and know." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-school-board-head-resigns-plagiarism-allegations-grow-1.1398446 . He seems to understand why this is so important and needs to stop.
We get an statement from the principal that this issue was a distraction. No message that plagiarism is not tolerated. She does not get it. As an educator, this is the moment when you could have made a statement and used it as a lesson for everyone. But you were sorry you got caught.
How different is this boston principal from ours: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/219865/boston-principal-who-plagiarized-forbes-column-resigns/ . A thought from the principal to the staff, that was plagiarized.
Please take this seriously. This is not a joke.
In re-reading the article and the quotes from Lynn Fox, I am disappointed that a member of the Improvement Team has only picked up the administration viewpoint which consistently doesn't recognize or doesn't care to recognize deeper issues. I would encourage Fox to dig deeper and talk with others outside of the team, and learn what is going in in the school. Her quotes suggest she believes the words of the administration, but hasn't seen what actually goes on. Her view is disconnected with what many, many others see happening.
One final point, both the superintendent and Fox feel that this was handled poorly, which misses the point (intentionally or not). Neither make a comment about plagiarism nor the myriad of examples of it written at the hand of Principal Jackson. What would have been the outcome if indeed they followed Fox's suggestion that "they should have gone to her and it would have been resolved." Principal Jackson's words want it to go away. Surrogates attack the issue, suggesting its not plagiarism, or in the ironic case Callie WILLIAMS writing about Sulura WILLIAMS Jackson's "cryptomnesia". But she apparently continues to borrow words, assuming we must not be smart enough to catch on (her thanksgiving note).
We have process problems as I wrote earlier that need to be attended to, that I'm not sure the Improvement Team can address. But it is a different issue. Let's address the plagiarism issue first and be done with it. Then we can move on.
Could it be that the comment by "steve powder" is a plant ... put here to make Ms. Jackson's critics look racist?
SOUNDS just like OBOZO...Stealing Ideas and TAKING CREDIT FOR SOMETHING SHE NEVER DID...if she was white then she would have been dismissed of forced to resign by now..being black...WELL hell thats just par for the course
There are at least two different issues here.
1. She is accused of plagiarism. Many examples seem to support the accusation. Seems pretty clear cut case to many.
1.1 If yes to plagiarism, what happens to her? What is the message to the community?
1.2 If no to plagiarism, why is it not plagiarism, and what should be the message about what plagiarism is?
2. Staff are fearful to have an open conversation with the principal about this and other issues. History of interactions with administration does not support open conversation for fear of retribution. So far the approach is to be annoyed by it. A healthy approach would be to acknowledge it and begin to put in safeguards and develop trust.
A larger question centers around the recognition over the last few weeks that these issues with Principal Jackson were problems at her prior school. What else is next for us with her?
Jackson as quoted in the article:
"I've never intentionally said these are my words, these are my thoughts."
Jackson in an email message to staff regarding the memos she is now accused of plagiarizing (sent prior to the allegations of plagiarism):
"As I reflected on how the relationships were built at my last school, I remembered that I sent them my thoughts on a weekly bases for over five years . . . I will do best to share my thoughts with you weekly so you get to know my belief, values, and thoughts about educating children at CHHS. Notes from the Principal's desk are attached, please read and reflect."
Sounds to me as if she DID say that they are her thoughts.
One suspects that Jackson cannot write clearly or easily, so she "borrows' liberally. Not exactly a great reflection of her credentials. Wonder if anyone has examined her past academic work. Could be lifted whole hog from other sources.
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