Hillview Middle School: New look, new principal
Original post made on Aug 18, 2012
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on Aug 18, 2012 at 12:18 am
Yet another mark against Ghysels: the failure to promote from within. Shameful not to consider current employees for this key job. The Hillview that so many of us loved, with a culture of community and achievement created and nurtured by Mike Moore for many years, has been thoroughly trashed and replaced with an empty plasticized version that will provide our children with little sustenance and even less learning.
on Aug 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Why would anyone think that current employees hadn't been considered for the job of Hillview Principal? Of course they were. But the last thing Hillview needed was more of the same. Because of Dr. Ghysels reputation as a progressive educator who puts teacher quality and program strength before window dressing, MPCSD was able to attract Erik Burmeister who is universally recognized as a superstar. "The Hillview so many of us loved" was only loved by the in-crowd. It was a middle school that served only the top-performing kids who could learn independently, but was a nightmare for many others. Creative, right-brain thinkers, for instance. Gifted kids who were trapped in a grueling workbook world. Struggling kids from diverse backgrounds who were barely tolerated and had no system for becoming integrated into the learning community. What Mike Moore developed and nurtured for many years was an exclusive country club for teachers where only the top 10% of students mattered. He left behind a very entrenced, toxic atmosphere of intolerance and disrespect by teachers for students and parents, and by students for each other. I wish the best for Mr. B and have great hope that Hillview will flourish under his leadership. I'm looking forward to smart decisions begin being made because they benefit the education of all children rather than because they're convenient or just the way it's always been done.
on Aug 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm
"Not Loved by All:" I agree with your points, except the one about Dr. Ghysels. He does not have a reputation of being a "progressive educator," rather his track record is one of implementing the latest fad with poor outcomes for the school community. His focus is clearly on "window dressing" and self-promotion rather than education.