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?
"...But Jackson said it's unfair to set that standard. "It's like apples and oranges," she said. "I don't think you can put those two together because students are submitting work for a grade. I'm not submitting it for a grade. I'm not submitting it for any kind of compensation.""
Is Ms. Jackson suggesting that writing is not part of her duties as a principal? Is Ms. Jackson suggesting that she is not compensated for her employment? Is Ms. Jackson defending herself at all costs, because there would seem to be no underlying principle upon which this defense is based.
Forgive me if I missed it, but this author and publication highlight allegations of plagiarism against a high school principal, yet quotes reader's internet comments from a 'Michigan newspaper' while providing no citation of which paper these comments were retrieved. Can we say hypocritical?
People in Chapel Hill would have done well to talk to teachers and parents in Ann Arbor. Ms. Jackson left having very little support. She was disliked by teachers, parents and students, all of whom felt she did a very poor job leading the school. She created an atmosphere where students were treated like criminals, and teachers didn't want to come to work.
I love love love the Indy, but this story is just grasping at straws. When a few teachers are bothered by something their boss does and will only speak on condition of anonymity with general complaints about ethics and very scant evidence beyond some form letters, that does not constitute investigative journalism. You could uncover similarly "scandalous" stories at every place of employment if you asked employees to anonymously reveal things their bosses did for public viewing. CHHS is notorious for a caustic, disgruntled teaching environment, which has been clearly in the public record with the removal of two teachers recently. I'm surprised the Indy would give such weight to these allegations and publish such an incriminating story when the evidence is so slight and the main sources so unreliable. Running this as a two-page news spread is laughable. I fear you've been had by spiteful, immature professionals who will blow anything out of proportion simply for the satisfaction of humiliating their boss.
One of the best rock n roll shows I have seen in a very long time. From the moment they came onstage, they rocked!!!! What a phenomenal guitar player and I thought he was a great singer as well. "New Town Velocity" had me levitating!!!!
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