4 thoughts on “Watertown School Budget Includes Additional Teachers, Funds to Deal with Impact of Pandemic & Diversity Issues

  1. What will the new Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion be doing for $115,000 to $125,000 a year?

    Telling students that there are people of all different races, ethnicities, religions, cultures, languages, and talents in the world?

    They don’t know that already?

    When I was a kid the school would show travelogues of countries and people from all over the world in the auditorium.

    And kids had different last names and looks: Irish, Italian, English, German, Greek, Armenian, Filipino, Arab, Black, Chinese, etc. and were not always White looking.

    If everyone is the same, how can they also be different?

  2. I have found after speaking with students that at the high school students come from 40 counties snd speak over 50 languages. There is a great deal of diversity. At the same time there are cultural or language groupings, sexual differences, special education and the never ending sports groupings.
    For the most part the students don’t cause troubles, just stay separate. This separation doesn’t allow different students to learn more about their classmates.
    To answer your question, the idea is not to make everyone the same, but to learn more about others history, culture and how to best work together using their backgrounds to learn better.

  3. I don’t think we need to have a special position for diversity teaching at such a high cost. We are being oversaturated with people claiming that we are a racist society. There will always be people who don’t get along or agree with each other. Those disagreements are not necessarily because of another person’s race, creed or nationality. We have disagreements within our own families, churches, political groups and many others. Some are based on a person’s personality or unwillingness to think critically. This emphasis we are placing on race is creating more division and distrust. If we just start treating each other as individuals with individual rights to free self expression of ideas, that will create conversations between people. People need to respect each other’s ideas and not demonize any groups. As people mingle in school or work situations, you learn about other cultures and backgrounds. People naturally gravitate to people they feel have similar likes, thoughts and preferences. That is why many immigrants settle into cities and towns where there are like people. This is not a bad thing if that makes them feel comfortable and safe. We need to add classes and teachers to schools who will teach basic finance courses and civics classes. If more families and children knew the basics of budgeting, saving, investing and just managing their money better, we wouldn’t have had so many people in dire economic conditions during the pandemic. Children need to know that it is very important to save for emergency situations by having a special savings fund so they don’t have to panic when any unusual costs or events come up in their lives. Let’s get back to the basics and stop creating problems where they don’t exist.

  4. This is all about political indoctrination.
    If they have over $200,000 to pay Commissars, they clearly have no need to ask the taxpayers for an override for a new High School. In fact, since the Public Schools now indoctrinate rather than educate, maybe it’s time to defund them, instead defunding the police.

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