Rockdale Citizen Poll for March 31, 2013

The Citizen Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Sunday. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 402, email poll@rockdalecitizen.com or complete the online form.

"I teach at Heritage High and am sick to death of this phony conversation about rigor in RCPS. There is none. In fact, the administration has been insisting that we dumb down our curriculum and instruction for years. ... A few weeks ago we sent home forms to every parent explaining that homework cannot count as a grade, that students can turn in work as late as they choose with no penalty and that they can take any test at least three times. Everything we do is designed to help students memorize the standardized tests and those are curved greatly. Next year we will have only AP classes and average classes. Those who teach AP tell us that their classes have been filled so full of kids who aren't prepared for them that they can't possibly teach those who should be in he class the way they should because they would leave the others so far behind -- so nobody gets the true AP experience. Morale among teachers is at an all-time low .... The truth needs to be known but everyone is too afraid for their jobs to say anything."

"I saw an old friend today walking down the street. We talked and I asked him what he was doing. He said he was praying for the town and he shared how five people in Conyers had come to God since he has been praying for our town. What if more people started praying like that? The possibilities are staggering. I am very hopeful for our town if more folks start praying."

"It's a shame when you view your loved one's obituaries that an ad posted next to their name and one pops up in front of screen."

"I saw a post this week from a parent with a daughter at Salem High. I will pray for her daughter too. I wonder if Bloodworth is thinking of her daughter and others when she is soft on kids with multiple offenses. You have to be unwavering and tough in order to correctly discipline students. A lot of women just can't do it. Look at the two high schools in this county with big discipline issues and they both have women principals. Pushovers. If this angers Bloodworth and Nour, prove you are tough enough to clean up your schools and I will retract."

"I heard a loud noise the other morning and thought an earthquake might have occurred, but the seismograph had no activity on it. I found out later that (Rich) Autry had dropped his wallet!"

"What is coming on Gee's Mill -- is the new Hill-Phoenix?"

"Sound off: People who use the race card for everything in their lives ... look in the mirror, you might find answers. People who can't find anyplace to toss their garbage, except the side of the road."


Sundance 2 years, 8 months ago

"I heard a loud noise the other morning and thought an earthquake might have occurred, but the seismograph had no activity on it. I found out later that (Rich) Autry had dropped his wallet!"

Now thats funny. I dont care who you are.


ShakingMyHead2 2 years, 8 months ago

Really? Did someone just say the lack of discipline at the schools was because the principals were women? Pushovers? Really? I don't even know what to say at such caveman mentality. Well, these women can only take discipline as far as their bosses will let them and their bosses are men.


1happyperson 2 years, 8 months ago

To those who think Ms. Bloodworth is not tough enough to handle the problems at Salem, you are sorely mistaken. She is one of the toughest, but fairest people around. She does not tolerate violence, punishes everyone equally and does not discriminate in her punishment. If you really knew her, you would know she doesn't have any children of her own and that the students at her school ARE her children. Discipline needs to start at home and the parents of Rockdale County need to step and be just that, parents. Teach your children what acceptable behavior is and how to have manners. Teach them to say please, thank you and respect their elders. Ms. Bloodworth and the rest of the staff can't fix every problem that occurs in the school, without parents doing their job as well. I would not hesitate to send my child to any school as long as Tonya Bloodworth is the principal. Salem High School and Rockdale County are lucky to have her.


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