8 Responses to “A very Special Town Meeting”

  1. 1 Cheryl Drews

    Where did the rotary come from Nahant, Farm and Hemlock??¿? Traffic night mare!

    • 2 Mark Sardella

      It was incorporated into the plan to address “traffic and safety.” But since it has no direct educational connection, the state won’t pay any part of it, so local taxpayers are on the hook for all the extra road work.

  2. 3 John Michael Terravecchia

    “Who gets to teach our children and what are they teaching them” is far more important than hugely expensive buildings. Plato, thousands of years ago.

  3. 4 Dan Noren

    Hi Mark,

    You only present a few of the immediate issues relating to the new WMHS, but don’t mention any of the positives except increasing property value – which will happen with/without a new school.

    I am a 60 year resident of Wakefield, with two kids who graduated from Wakefield Schools. Of course I do not want taxes raised, nobody is a fan of higher taxes as you stated.My wife and I live on some pensions and SS.

    However there are many positive benefits for a new school. Two stand out: better, safer education environments for students and teachers, and a huge improvement in energy efficiency over the old school, which BTW does not have AC, the new school will, and still will have much better energy efficiency.

    The fossil fuel energy used by the old school will skyrocket every year, while the all electric new school will continue to save on energy costs over the 50 year operational term. To say nothing of helping the environment.

    There are also many other benefits from the new school if you just look for them…

  4. 5 John Breithaupt

    Could you give specific examples showing how the curriculum followed by the Wakefield Public Schools is ‘’CRT-infused’’? I would like to see an example of a lesson that was actually taught by an actual teacher before actual students.

    The Heritage Foundation article you provided a link to repeats the sophistry that people who maintain that racism has been and still is a part of a American life are the ones who see people as members of races and not as individuals — and thus help make racism possible. I would argue that pointing to the existence of a problem (such as racism) is not what makes the problem possible, but it is a necessary first step toward solving the problem.

    • 6 Mark Sardella

      Part of the problem is that one side still believes that we have yet to take “the first step” toward solving the problem of racism. The refusal to acknowledge any progress in this area perpetuates race conciousness and does little to incentivize further progress.

      • 7 John Breithaupt

        I’m still waiting for specific examples of crt-infused lessons that have been taught in the Wakefield public schools.

        I don’t understand what you mean when you say that refusal to acknowledge progress perpetuates race consciousness. What is ‘’race consciousness’’ other than a journalistic (sorry) buzzword?

      • 8 Mark Sardella

        Other than being pithier, how is the term “race consciousness” different from “seeing people as members of races and not as individuals?” If it’s a “journalistic buzzword” it’s a new one to me.

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