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Hot Air II (Today’s Second Post)


There’s a rumor going around that Interim Principal Tammy Miller of Fairview Elementary is suspicious about the parent rumble that quashed her plans to segregate like achievers in each class at the school.

Cat Sculpture

The Fairview Pussycat

To refresh, Miller wanted to group the smart kids with other walking brains and the dumb kids with other terrorists and juvenile delinquents. See, that’s the way we saw things when kids were segregated by standardized test scores at my old elementary school.

And, since the kids of 2014 bear at least a little resemblance to those of 1965, their parents know that there’d be plenty of playground stereotyping going on if Miller’s plan went into effect.

So, they stamped their feet at an impromptu meeting last week and got Miller to withdraw her plan.

Here’s where the rumor mill kicks in. People are whispering that Miller believes some school system staffers might have lit the fire under the Fairview parents. The whisperers even go so far as to claim Miller has asked for certain staffers’ email records.

Golly gee, I’d hate to think a principal might stoop to such spook-like activities. Hell, if these rumors are true, you’d think Miller was working for the feds rather than the county.

In any case, I’ll try to get a statement out of Miller as soon as I can. In the meantime, keep in mind these are only rumors.

[BTW: I wrote that Fairview was on the East Side of our town last week. The inimitable Marc Haggerty corrected me; it’s on the West Side. Thanks, Marc.]

Hot Elementary Air

Fairview Parents Get A Fair Shake

Fairview Elem. School Principal Tammy Miller figured she’d shake things up at the East West Side kid factory by reassigning students to new teachers.

Apparently, Miller grouped students by standardized test scores so that like-scholars would all learn together.

Reminds me of my old days as a trouble-making little shit at St. Giles School. Each grade had three classes: advanced, intermediate, and remedial. Natch, I was in the advanced classes (although by the second grade I’d already subscribed to a no-homework policy — my thinking being, I give you six or so hours, the rest of the day is for me.)

Anyway, we all knew the kids in the remedial classes were dopes. Even before we’d learned about evolution, we’d instinctively recognized that remedial kids were somehow less evolved. Their capacities to learn were akin to those of the lower primates.



In fact, we called those kids — what else? — remedials. Which was about as insulting a thing as a Catholic primary school kid would call another in those days.

So, according to a petition that was forwarded to me by a loyal Pencillista who’ll remain nameless, Principal Miller, in an effort to goose test scores, would effectively subject Fairview kids to that kind of delightful stereotyping and verbal abuse.


Hey, you wanna make an omelet, you have to crack a few fragile, undeveloped egos, right?

Fairview parents raised such a stink that Princ. Miller backed down Monday night. She’s rescinding her reassignment order, according to WFIU News.

Huzzah, the people have spoken. Although I’m always suspicious when parents want to get into the educ. act. The loudest ‘rents oft. get the grease, and they generally are those who call for more Jeebus in the classroom or for the elimination of such commie teachings as, well, evolution.

This time, they’re on the side of the angels.

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