I read the article this afternoon by Margaret Soltan on career plagiarism http://www.margaretsoltan.com/?p=42085, and began to think if this is a more of an exception. The Indy found a few, so I did a quick search and found a letter she wrote to parents last year about dress code http://www.a2skyline.org/skyline.home/files/parent_dresscode_letter__3-23-12.pdf.
The unprofessional dress of students has a negative impact on student behavior, safety, and academic achievement. As fashion and trends change, students become more concerned with how they look and how they are perceived than they do with their academic success and achievement. The fashion of low-rise jeans, sagging jeans, extremely tight figure hugging attire, low cut shirts, and many others contribute to behavior problems and safety issues in the school. Students have lost the idea of school being a professional place where the primary focus is education. One reason for this lackadaisical attitude is because many students dress as though they are going to the movies, out to dinner, or to the beach. This lack of seriousness then leads to a decrease in attendance, low-test scores, and overall low achievement.
Quick search on Google and I find the following:
Duvall, Faklaris, Fisher, Moody, Njagi, and Wilson Copyright 2004 (http://character-education.info/Articles/Case_for_Uniforms.htm) write
“The unprofessional dress of students has a negative impact on student behavior, safety, and academic achievement. As fashion and trends change, students become more concerned with how they look and how they are perceived than they do with their academic success and achievement. The fashion of low rise jeans, bagging jeans, large trench coats, low cut shirts, and many others contribute to behavior problems and safety issues in the classrooms and in the hallways of schools today. Students have also lost the professionalism involved with education; students do not feel that school is a place of work but rather a place to hang out with friends and socialize. Their unprofessional behavior is reflected in the manner in which they present themselves.”
“One reason for this lackadaisical attitude is because many students dress as though they are going to the movies, out to dinner, or to the beach. This lack of seriousness then leads to a decrease in attendance, low-test scores, and overall low achievement.”
What part of her signed letter, on her letterhead was hers? The other part was policy.
Principal Jackson should resign.
I moved to Chapel Hill because I am so proud of its school system. I was not disappointed, the service and professionalism was impeccable both by the teachers and administrators. My kid completed elementary and middle school is now a first year student at Chapel Hill High. I was very disappointed of a request I did early in the semester, there was no action and not even an email response. Later I found out they were waiting for the principal's decision. I am starting this to know if other Chapel Hill High parents who experienced what I experienced. From a very CONCERNED
Everyone should come to this show!!! All these artists are awesome and I'm so glad to see them playing together!
WOOO! I am SO excited for this!
This is going to be a great show. Chapel Hill, get ready to ROCK!
Good review of the show, but I couldn't disagree more with the comment about Marr's versions of The Smiths' songs: " It’s like hearing a beloved story told by a foreign narrator." The songs Marr chose to do from The Smiths' catalog are great songs, period. Marr's versions of them are outstanding in their own right, albeit with slightly different shadings. They are no more lacking than Morrissey's live versions without Marr's distinctive instrumental style.
No comment from the Board yet apparently. Just brush off fluff from district. They need to address this seriously. Show me a school district that had a principal plagiarize and not do anything about it. if she stays, what is the message to our students?
Teachers wouldn't "dash off" to the Indy if they could speak to school Admin about issues without fear of retaliation. The fact that an online forum is the only chance teachers get to voice these issues is very telling of the climate of the school. Jackson says she encourages open discussion and wants to hear teachers' thoughts, but as soon as a teacher brings up a concern, the teacher is abruptly silenced. Do you really think a teacher could discuss this issue with school Admin? Sure they could, to then get fired or transferred.
The music was very interesting with a Curo? Harp and a guitar. It was exactly what I expected Irregardless to have and added to the ambiance, delicious food and gracious service.
Deborah, I have go agree with your statement on those posted from last year. there were several other shows and designs that had some really good elements in them. But then again, these are nominated and not necessarily from critics.
"It's not as if teachers want her to lose her job." Really? They're only operating as the Citation Police, and once Ms. Jackson cites her sources, everyone will move on?
1) What IS the goal of these aggrieved teachers, by dashing off to the INDY? Surely it has nothing to do with the students? HOW ARE CHHS STUDENTS BETTER OFF NOW?
2) If the reporter chose to reference the issue with the re-assigned teachers last year (because they were "reportedly clashing" with administration), shouldn't it at least be noted how many principals have come and gone in a relatively short time?
3) "Teachers" is a word used repeatedly in the article. Did the reporter interview eight, five--TWO? Readers deserve to know how plural the plural really is.
4) The INDY runs an article that is partially framed around anonymous comments on an unnamed newspaper in Michigan? Is this considered an acceptable standard of journalism now? (This is a serious question.)
I'm not an apologist for Ms. Jackson, but this "expose" reeks of one more act of familiar pot-stirring by a small group of teachers there. Language like "water-boarded" and "sadism" in the comments, as well as the trashing of other administrators at CHHS who have no ties to this "scandal"-- How does this use of hyperbole and sanctimony do ANYTHING to help this long-beleaguered high school move forward?
I am a parent of a student at Chapel Hill high. If she were accused of plagiarism with facts like this in a class I doubt the excuses used by her principal would allow her to receive anything but a zero on the assignment. I give Jackson a zero on her "integrity assignment". None of us are perfect but most of us try a lot harder than this to be above reproach. Jackson made no effort to be above reproach. I do not want a principal like this for my child.
As a former educator and a resident of Chapel Hill, I find Ms. Jackson's behavior disturbing. The people who lead our schools and influence our children should uphold the highest of ethical standards. The fact that she is splitting hairs on the definition of plagiarism is unfortunate and a form of denial. She should have the decency to resign as soon as possible so our schools can move forward in a good way.
As a resident of Chapel HIll and one who pays a hefty school tax and also as a former educator, I find Ms. Jackson's behavior disturbing. The people who lead our schools and influence our children should uphold the highest of ethical standards. The fact that she is splitting hairs on the definition of plagiarism is unfortunate and a form of denial. She should have the courage to resign.
Thank you for posting this blog. I wish more people were commenting on it as it dispels this "form letter" red herring that Jackson's supporters are clinging onto. Please, tweet this blog.
Let's just pray that if Jackson resigns or is terminated that the board doesn't appoint Julie Hennis or Kevin Kay as Principal of CHHS. They make Jackson look like Gandhi.
The sad and ironic thing is that Callie Williams's exposition on cryptomnesia is remarkably similar to another's work.
Callie William Esq writes,
Cryptomnesia occurs when one is exposed to someone else’s words or ideas over time and mistakenly believes these words or ideas are one’s own original thoughts. This is a memory error in attributing the source of the ideas at best or a form of unintentional plagiarism at worst.
Brian Martin, 2008 http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/08plagiary.html
Cryptomnesia occurs when one is exposed to someone else's words or ideas but, forgetting this, mistakenly believes these words or ideas are one's own original thoughts. This is a memory error in attributing the source of ideas. It is a form of unintentional plagiarism.
So, Scuba, it's not only grammar they share.
Thanks, David, for sharing all of this. I wouldn't dispute that Jefferson and Madison were liberals who understood that slavery was an evil institution. My point, however, is that that the constitutional structure that Madison, in particular, helped to craft turns out to be a huge obstacle to us today as we try to combat "the root of all evil" -- money and corporate power, now exercised on a global (trans-national) scale.
The U.S. Constitution set up a federal framework that was limited in multiple ways, in anticipation that most public functions would be conducted in the states, if they happened at all. Add the Bill of Rights, which sets further limits on the federal system, though not on the states ("Congress shall make no law," etc.), plus two houses of Congress that must agree, one of which -- the Senate -- is the antithesis of a democratic body -- plus a President with a veto elected separately from the Congress, and you have a system designed not to do much.
Not to mention a Supreme Court that, for most of our history, has interpreted Jeffersonian "rights" as attaching to property and money, but not to the people's right to be self-governing.
Add, further, the fact that the Constitution does not even accord people the right to vote (the 14th Amendment only says that if a state legislature allows people to vote, it must be with the "equal protection of the law" for all), and sets up an Electoral College for presidential elections … and gives the choice of U.S. senators to the legislatures. (Changed by the 17th Amendment.)
It's all of a piece with a system that the founders clearly established to put white men of property and wealth in charge. That's the system they knew in 1787. It's what they expected going forward. And, by and large, it's what we've got today.
Did anyone notice the typo in the .pdf letter?
If you haven't seen it, here is article and discussion from Ann Arbor http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/11/report_former_skyline_principa.html. The comments would have been valuable as the poster Ann Arbor pointed out. What was our hiring process?
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