Kathy Breakall, Ellen Crow, Bill Vincent, Cathy Boehme, and David Pittman (The Escambia County Teacher's Union Executive Staff) each took a turn at last night's school board workshop slamming this editorial viewpoint that I submitted to the PNJ two months ago.
They soured the mood of what was otherwise a very positive, upbeat meeting.
Obviously, in the viewpoint I did not pull any punches. It was brash and strident. It is worth noting that the PNJ held this viewpoint for more than a month and only agreed to print it if they could make edits. The piece that actually made it into the paper was the censored version.
But the fact is what I said in the viewpoint is true, and while these union leaders can bemoan the fact that I said what I said, they will have a hard time refuting the facts in that viewpoint.
And anyone can take bits and pieces of a whole article, movie, song, or film and make it what they want it to be. We can take a movie like Scarface, for instance, and edit in such a way that Al Pacino's character says the "F" word 182 times. But would playing that disaggregated clip be a good representation of the whole movie? of course not.
The union executive staff also each conveniently neglected to mention this quote from my viewpoint piece
"I have great admiration and the ultimate respect for individual, hard-working teachers"