Est. May 2008

20 September, 2013

Punished for Excellence

Because a 9-year-old boy outstripped everyone else in a library reading program, everybody has to suffer:
HUDSON FALLS — Tyler Weaver calls himself “the king of the reading club” at Hudson Falls Public Library. But now it seems Hudson Falls Public Library Director Marie Gandron wants to end his reign and have him dethroned.
Why?  Because, as Ms Gandron pronounced, young Mr. Weaver ‘“hogs” the contest every year’ and because ‘”[o]ther kids quit because they can’t keep up[.]”’
                                  
Ms Gandron’s solution? Young Mr. Weaver should ‘”step aside”’ – shorthand for ‘he shouldn’t be so exceptional because it hurts the other kids’ feelings’.
Gandron further told the reporter she planned to change the rules of the contest so that instead of giving prizes to the children who read the most books, she would draw names out of a hat and declare winners that way.
Because, of course, simply assuaging everyone’s feelings and handing out participation gold-stars is so much better educationally than actually challenging the kids to excel.

And heaven help anybody who challenges Ms Gandron’s rule of the library: young Mr. Weaver’s mother is on Ms Gandron’s ‘list’ (and not the good one, either) because she had the temerity to contact the local paper regarding her son’s achievement; Lita Gardner, a 28-year veteran library aide, found herself dismissed from her position ‘without reason this week, a month after [she] defended Tyler, who won the library's summer reading contest[.]’

Coincidence?
And the plot thickens: According to [Ms] Weaver, Gandron then left her position at the library, never having apologized to Tyler. Michael Herman, president of the library's board of trustees, confirmed to the Post-Star last week that Gandron was no longer employed by the library but wouldn't say whether she had been fired or quit.
Coincidence again?

Sorry, I don’t believe in coincidence.


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