Thanks for making my point, River

Even in your misinterpretation of my Tiger Pride, you were communicating, perhaps more clearly, what I was trying to say about FCHS and the learning atmosphere there. Like you, I believe that like all of the high schools in Fayette County, our school offers students a quality education. But many people in the county have a different perspective. Witness the mass hysteria that occured last year when there was the hint that Lakemont would be re-districted back into the FCHS district (where it should have always been, but some "perspiring" guy did not want to take flack off of his neighbors who wanted their kids to go to the new school.)It was a demoralizing experience for me and I was hurt by colleagues from around the county who would ask me every time we crossed paths, "When are you leaving Fayette County High?" (As if it is some sort of sinking ship and all of the rats are diving off.) And those teachers are on faculty at schools with cats for mascots. They obviously think that the students I teach, and I suppose myself by extension, are second class citizens. Evidently what has pretty accurately been called our changing demographic has "upset" those gentle spirits. But this stems from an age old prejudice that I don't think I need to point out. All students can learn if they are motivated.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 9:19am.

I hope that you're one of my grand-children's teachers! Smiling

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 4:51am.

Great commentary Rabunator.

Fayette County will always be Fayette; many are still stuck in the olds ways despite the diversity that is now present within the county, not just in the school system. Adults have a much harder time assimilating with demographic change than our youth does. While in corporate America we are faced with mandatory diversity training to deal with the changing portrait of our society, our kids show us that they can assimilate with anyone.
I remember the Lakemont fiasco; you would think they were sending people to a concentration camp or a leper colony; that was just terrible. If we want to survive as a whole, we must put our differences aside and adjust to the ever changing world, it can no longer be our way or the highway.

Submitted by 1bighammer on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 11:39am.

Its nice to hear from someone other than Parents about the prejudice espoused from "that" part of our county. I have done quite a bit of traveling with high school sports and been to events where our county was represented by two or three schools, and "that" school has been loathed by most everyone there. Its not just their prejudice, its their overall "we're better than you" attitude. Its not just OUR county that sees it!

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