Tonawanda News

Opinion

March 15, 2014

TUCKER: No news except weather news

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Tonawanda News — “Those of a certain age and religion will, of course, remember parochial school where there was daily homework and weekly tests, and quarterly exams, and the dreaded midterms and finals. Is it possible that the concerns over the Common Core comes from students not being tested enough, and skating through years of schooling without having basic skills verified? It would seem to me that parents would WANT their children to succeed academically rather than (possibly) succeed in what their children see as excellence, and the number of friends on Facebook?”

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Gloria and Pat Schmarder, ages 93 and 91, wrote a letter saying St. Francis of Assisi School is “their school” and they are pleased that the mention of the school and the diocese decision to close it, have been positive.

“Our vision is not the problem, (for not reading the newspaper any more) the news is too often depressing so we rely on you to continue your positive and enjoyable article each week.”

Thanks, but this week, my take on the St. Francis news is not all positive.

First of all, many parents have gone on the diocesan Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/WNYCatholicSchools) to talk about the positive accomplishments of the students and to ask why the diocese is reluctant to tell the school’s story.

Mary Wilkie, a parent, and Tracy Dankanich, another parent had their posts deleted. Then when Tracy sent in another one asking why her post and that of Mary Wilkie and Mark Saltarelli were also deleted, there was no reply. She also asked why the post which announced St. Francis as the Weather Machine winner was also deleted.

Tracy emailed: “It’s crazy. I saw the post this morning about removing Mary’s, so I posted on their site questioning them. I checked this afternoon and can’t find it so I just posted again. I have no words to describe (the diocese’s) behavior, it’s so incredibly sad and pathetic.”

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