The Greenwich Patriots submitted a number of questions to the United Way’s Education discussion in Greenwich which were not addressed. Fortunately, the United Way helped facilitate getting answers from Greenwich Superintendent Toni Jones on their questions after the event.
The Tribune condensed Dr. Jones’ answers to isolate key words and phrases. This is to teach you, reader, how to spot scripted answers. All are beginnings of phrases used by Dr. Jones.
Public schools do not make the decisions …
Our responsibility is to follow the law in regards to…..
I do not know what you are referencing, but ….
If you have a specific question we can send it to….
We do not see evidence that ….
Please reach out to the school if you have specific issues so that they can better address your concerns.
I am not sure that I understand what answer you are looking for.
We were trying to understand what was considered decent and acceptable for ….
Watch for this kind of language during
- school board meetings,
- parent teacher conferences, or
- any public school function involving teachers and/or administrators.
In response to their dancing and dodging, you can calmly say (or write) to such an administrator:
“Thank you for thoroughly explaining that your top-level certainty and knowledge about anything in our district extends so very little beyond the walls of your office. My family and I will pursue education elsewhere for our children, but don’t worry – we’re sending you a box of crayons and a coloring book for additional comfort and self-care after you read this note.”