Nov 29 2007
08:58 am

Yep! We knew it. An RCN letter says that Consolidated Schools would be bad for the football teams.

And cause gangs...and school violence...and increase the dropout rate...and so on, and the solution is...

Well I didn't pick up on any solution being offered, except to tax that other guy and not my wheels.

And the next letter talks about students having to protect each other from violence with violence and getting punished for it.

Another letter blames school starting in August on Director Toni McGriff, even though several articles in the paper have noted that she has very little if anything to do with it.

You know, folks...I remember a term from my early days that might fit in here: stands for No Action Talk Only.

A Compromise Football Solution

I propose a solution: while combining schools will mean that the various football traditions will have to merge, any loss resulting from this could be offset by adopting Realtree Hardwoods as the new school's team colors.

I think you're on to something...

I'm thinking about the Pantone color wheel going nuts trying to merge orange and green and blue and...

I think the new colors would look like the flag of small Central American dictatorship or something.

But you have a great idea! But instead of RealTree let's go with a Camo developed right here in Roane County!

Beware the Toad!

(I swear! These guys are friends of mine and the stuff looks great)

The Roane County CamoToads?

Just working on name ideas. Maybe we should keep thinking?

I had no idea we had such an operation.

Didn't we...

Didn't we go through this once before? My Dad graduated from South Harriman High school in 1961. I do not recall there being anything in the national papers about war, gangs, bombings or any such thing over the closing of SHS. We need to look at what will be best for the children of this community. For me, I need some reasoning that is based on the education of the children and I know you guys are not going to believe this, but there are kids getting an education that DO NOT EVEN HAVE football at their schools. What are the real issues with combining - like how far will these kids be driving or riding? How much time will be spent in transport? We live at the very edge of the Oliver Springs/Roane County High line. My child was on the bus for an hour each morning and each afternoon. Roane County High is 10 minutes from my house. We transferred him to prevent a 35 minute commute. WILL our kids really have a larger curriculum variety? Let's look at the issues that will affect ALL of the kids and not just the ones in sports.

Just my take on it...

Serious Issues

I agree that there are serious issues involving consolidation, like transportation. Another one would be the cost of building a new school (which would be many millions of dollars), and how that cost would be paid. Oak Ridge High School's $55 million renovation, for example, required a referendum on a sales tax increase.

That's so true, Wy...

It's ludicrous to assume from the general of what happened somewhere else unlike our area to the specific and assume that same would happen here.

And we sure need to consider more important things than what it will or won't do to a football team!!


Tail Wagging the Dog...

Yep. Just like I thought it might be... it indicates a lot...

First priority of somebody with concerns about possible school consolidation? THE FOOTBALL TEAM, fer heaven's sake! Yep! That's what I send my kid to school for. Football (or name the sport) is the priority!

Therein lies the root - or one of the roots - of the problems between the communities in this county. Thinking can't get beyond the freakin' sports team!

I'm likin the CamoToads, though, Mark! Catchy, ain't it?



That's all AMEN!


a possible solution, affordable, on the table, undiscussed

I'm talking about the use of web-based schooling. See: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

I agree there's promise and potential here...

That said, I'm not currently prepared to say remote control schooling should be 100% of the schooling. Nor can I saw what % it should be.

But in a properly controlled situation, it could take significant burdens off the system. Those burdens could be financial, logistical, what-have-you.

It would take properly prepared teachers and students (and parents).

Kinda like "Home Schooling Meets the Geek Squad" - but with real, serious education going on.


Don't forget!

Don't forget the kids that can not teach themselves from a computer. My kid did credit recovery this summer because summer school was not offered. This is where he went to the school and did the work on the computer and submitted it. He was able to make up the history credit he needed, but he just could not do Algebra II on the computer. The result is that even though he attended 6 weeks of school during summer break, he is still having to repeat it this year. Some web-based would be good, but definately not all and how do you decide which kids do what?

Two cents again,

"Kids teaching themselves on the computer"


You are so right that computer-based self-instruction is not for everyone.

However, I was talking about something different: web-based classrooms, with a teacher and other students and lots of "two-way interaction," as the grad classes in education call it. :)

-- OneTahiti

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