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"Loud few' have an opinion, too

Posted Friday, October 17, 2008, at 1:58 PM

In an ideal world, everyone has an opinion, and everyone's respected.

At Thursday night's Bedford County School Board meeting, the comment was made, "The negative (about a proposed magnet school) may be from the loud few."

Let's not get into grouping and stereotyping people. Show respect for everyone.

Listen. Always listen. No matter who's expressing the opinion. Then, if you're an elected (or appointed) official and you've thoroughly considered all sides of an issue, vote your conscience, even if one group of people is offended.

But don't ever start criticizing particular groups. Everyone has the right to be heard.


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That sounds like a comment from one of our board members. I have heard it before. This "loud few" group are getting a lot of attention.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 2:22 PM

I think a magnet school would be great and also have one son that would no doubt benefit from it. Because some of us were/are opposed to the SSA does not mean that we don't have highly intelligent children as well. What the Board never seemed to comprehend was that most of the people that were opposed (are) the ones concerned about our childrens education.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 3:11 PM

1) It was well more than a few.

B) Felt had to be LOUD to get our point across, which we knew was not going to be heard because the Boards mind was already made up.

It was a plea with passion. The whole point was that our kids education should come first. We can't help what clothing is made available at the stores we shop.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 3:27 PM

1) It was well more than a few.

2) Felt had to be LOUD to get our point across, which we knew was not going to be heard because the Boards mind was already made up. They (board)don't just bring up suggestions without already having made a decision on it and we knew it.

It was a plea with passion.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 3:34 PM

I guess if you do not side with everything they say, we are LOUD. Well I for one , believe in speaking my opinion when it concerns my child. If that makes me loud, so be it.

I like the idea of a magnet school, but only if everyone that qualifies is given equal opportunity to attend there.

-- Posted by For the kids on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 6:00 PM

"Johnson said that there may be individual constituencies with strong objections.

"The negative may be from that loud few, like it was with that other issue," said Johnson, apparently referring to the controversial school dress code enacted this year, which drew sharp complaints from some parents."

The difference, Ms. Johnson, is that this proposal directly addresses education--not appearance or what you consider to be exceptable attire. Many of the parents who objected to standard attire had students who were on the Principal's list and Honor Roll and were involved in many extracurricular activities. They would actually be the ones, regardless of socio-economic status, who would be eligible for a magnet school. Therefore, to correct you, many of these parents would actually be the ones supporting this concept.

You just demonstrated how out of touch the school board is with their "constituents".

-- Posted by nellie on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 10:07 AM

nellie,

In all fairness, While there are several people on the board that actually care, there are quite a few on the board merely to get their name in the paper. Mary Jo is NOT smart, (see Amy?, I didn't call her an idiot), she doesn't even know how to formulate a correct response to how her district would think. I bet it is because she doesn't care, she votes with the sheep instead of what the sheep want.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 3:39 PM

"Few"... Isn't it hilarious how a school board member would use the word "few" to defend their stance on a position. If Ms. Johnson understood that only a "few" children dressed inappropriately before she and others on the board made a unanimously unconscious decision, we could see eye to eye for once. But I suppose she would never mention a "few" people being a problem when it came to the need for a dress code.

Please, let's move on and quit talking down to the group of highly concerned parents whose children were academically successful and took time out of their schedules to voice their concerns. Is there any wonder parents, students, and fellow teachers are apathetic? Obviously when you disagree with complacency you are then singled out as "the loud few". I've always heard the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything.

The only loud few I know are this select group of school board members who represent a figment of their imagination rather than the population at large.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 11:12 PM

Why don't the "Loud Few" who oppose Ms. Johnson and have all the solutions run against her?

If I remember correctly she ran unopposed last election.

Unfortunately education is not very important to the people of Bedford County or people would be lining up to get into these meetings. And honestly education is such a low priority in Bedford County and Tennessee we have decades to catch up. I am thankful for each one of the dedicated members of our Board of Education for their dedication. They do not fight for these positions nor do they get paid. I believe they are on the board because they love their community and hope they can make a difference for the better.

For those that feel they are not doing a good job, they should make a difference.

-- Posted by MTTrueBlue on Mon, Oct 20, 2008, at 8:42 PM

I would actually consider running except for 2 reasons:

1. I do not live in her district,nor in the other districts who were re-elected recently.

2. My kids will be out after this year so I do not consider it to be my place to make decisions for other people's kids. I continue to feel that board members should be required to have kids actually enrolled in Bedford County Public Schools. Even if I had grandkids enrolled, I would not be comfortable putting my "out-of-date stamp" on their education. Their parents should be deciding their education.

I also believe that many parents have been attempting to make a difference by stating their opinions even if they are not heard! Why is it so difficult for board members to send surveys home to get parent input? If they really cared so much, they would make that effort.

-- Posted by nellie on Tue, Oct 21, 2008, at 6:11 PM

MTTrueBlue,

LOL WOW, are you just as misguided? These meetings, Where are they posted? You know, the time/date/place where they are going to be held?

As you can see, they don't want people to go or it would be posted. It hasn't been posted in YEARS! Mary Jo's phone is even wrong; I called it due to opinion of people that don't agree with her assessment of who she is supposed to represent. http://www.bedfordk12tn.com/education/co...

To have a proactive public, you need a proactive board that leaves the door open for communication. That just isn't the case for more than half of the board members, I know of 2 that I can call at anytime. That would be Amy and Dixie. And where do you get off saying education is a low priority in Bedford County? I don't know about you, but I know more than a few thousand people that would disagree with you wholeheartedly.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Oct 21, 2008, at 10:32 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.