The East Orange School District
Censors All Criticism
Editorial by Jim Gerrish
For several years I have been complaining about
East Orange Public School teachers who set bad examples for their
students by not writing standard English following English
grammar rules and punctuation rules that they are supposed to be
teaching the pupils in their schools. It was bad enough for me to
see examples of bad grammar on the chalkboards in their
classrooms and in the assignments they gave students as homework.
When Facebook came along, they immediately exposed their
ignorance of English grammar to the entire world. When I began to
criticise them for this, rather than simply correct their grammar
and punctuation, they chose to immediately shut me down so I
could no longer post on district Facebook pages.
My usual response: Good luck getting the pupils
of your school to learn to write with both uppercase and
lowercase letters as appropriate, and with only one sentence
ending punctuation mark. The person who runs this Facebook page
seems not to have mastered those simple rules of correct English
grammar and mechanics, thus setting a bad example for all the
students in the East Orange School District, and displaying his
or her ignorance to the entire world on the World Wide Web.
For a few days ( 9/18 to 9/20/16) the Facebook
pages opened up and allowed me to comment again.
Rather than respond, they erased my comments
again and again, and as they erased, I reposted them. Today they
finally cut off my ability to post on any of their Facebook
To the above notice, I posted:
Parents: Take back control of YOUR schools and
take charge of YOUR CHILD'S education. Petition to abolish the
current Board of Education of lackeys appointed by the mayor and
who are accountable to HIM, in favor of an ELECTED board of
education who will be accountable to YOU.
Be sure to ask why East Orange Schools are
number 3 on this list of most violent schools in New Jersey - http://patch.com/.../491-new-jersey-school-districts
... and also ask why East Orange Schools are number 5 on this
list of the most drug and alcohol cases in New Jersey - http://patch.com/.../nj-school-districts-drug-alcohol
... Be an advocate for ALL children!
I was referring to the following statistics,
which I think certainly should be of concern to every parent and
teacher in the PTA:
To any other East Orange taxpayers, like myself,
or parents of children in the East Orange Public School system, I
am sure you will meet the same resistance from anyone connected
with the School District, from members of the Board of Education
to the Superintendent and all other administrators, and probably
from most of the teachers fearful of losing their jobs.
It now appears that the mayor will be running
for that office once again, and since the mayor appoints the
Board of Education members and passes down instructions through
the administrators, you will need to hold him accountable - the
buck stops there. Keep it in mind as you look back on the lies he told
to get into office in 2013, and the lies he will now begin to
tell again as he seeks re-election in 2017. Just so you know, I
have also been silenced and blocked from commenting on any of the
East Orange City Facebook pages, so if you want to know the truth
about what really goes on in East Orange, you only have my East
Orange True News Web site to tell you about it.