Look I can imagine that it is hard for Mr. Shine to read that somebody thinks he ran for school board jut to fill a line on a resume, that he lacks institutional knowledge, that he is doing a poor job and it’s time he stopped playing Mike Lee to Jason Fischer’s Ted Cruz.
I get it, Shine has probably bopped through life with most people patting him on his back and saying good job. Criticism is something I imagine he has rarely faced.
But the truth is he was the third best candidate in his district, two other people that ran were more qualified and it was either hubris or selfishness that drove Shine’s run. Now he won so we have to deal with him but thus far he has been very unimpressive, might he improve? Sure but as of now I don’t see any signs of it.
Here is the thing he has trolled my blog and anonymously and said hateful things, now I get snarky but I don’t write about things I have no knowledge of, I will never critique Shine’s jump shot or the way he cooks spaghetti because I have no idea about those things but he a sitting school bard member felt he could critique my teaching. Who is the bully there?
The truth is I am incapable of bullying the school board or the group of millionaires that pull their strings and when Shine says I am he is distracting from his and the boards failure. Discipline is atrocious, teacher morale is rock bottom, charter schools are taking over the town, through the QEA we have abdicated democracy, and the list goes on and on, What is he ding to fix those things? Me being critical is not me bullying, its me saying how about you doing your job?
If Shine, the super or other school board members, don’t like me pointing out the poor decisions they make, the hypocrisy they engage in, the sometimes crazy other times rude things they say or the questionable relationships they form, then they should stop doing those things. That’s not me being a bully, that’s me doing the job the local media refuses to do.
To listen to the radio interview where he calls me a bully click the link.
Finally I would like to say I encouraged the writer to go to Shine and several others so she might get a different perspective. I am not afraid of criticism or alternate points of view, That’s not what a bully does, that’s what somebody who cares about our schools does.