Friday, March 19, 2010

Stealing from their neighbors

The folks over at Save Olentangy Strings are spending money to lift more of your money. Why don't they save the consultant fees and fund their own strings program?

Best of all is this Jim Hofstetter. As an employee at the Loft Violin Shop in Powell, ol' Jim stands to lose some big cash now that the district has reduced its strings program. So Jim is working to steal our money ... and he is open about it.

Jim, have you no shame?

Some real pieces of work, these SOS folks.

Amazing.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

We spent lots of money at The Loft through the years. Sorry about that. I think the folks at The Loft should lower their prices considerably so that ALL CAN BENEFIT. Why are they charging so much for instrument rental. That's keeping lots of people from pursuing musical endeavors. If they were good little Communitarians, like they want to make the rest of us, they would lower their living standards so we could benefit.

Anonymous said...

7:19 - It's called Capitalism. You paid the money. You recieved a service in exchange. If you would have had a better / cheaper alternative, you would have selected it. Instead, you bought from The Loft. Clearly, they had a superior product and offering or you aren't a savvy consumer.

To say that they should lower their standard of living so you can benefit is comical. The free market system allows another violin shop to establish itself in the OLSD area. Go ahead and give it a shot and perhaps your envy can be satsified through your own entrepreneurship.

Jim,

I like the fact that The Loft is being upfront about it. At least we know where they stand. Additionally, I think their issue is as much about how the district came to the decision that was made as it is the decision itself. When the district purports to save $850K from the change to the strings program and then they spend money on coffee makers, mini-fridges, etc. they are clearly stating that teachers are more important than the kids and the strings program.

Their goal to reprioritize our tax dollars from teachers and administrators to our kids is a lofty one (pun intended, I support SOS because if they can achieve this goal, we all win.

Anonymous said...

I think there was an offer to pay for the program. The issue is holding the program during the day or after school.

I think it is reasonable to ask why they support band during the day but not strings. I know you will say do neither which is legitimate. Is it legitimate to do one over the other?

Of course it is since without band we would have nothing to do at half time.

Anonymous said...

Had to chuckle about the comment in the article that says some kids would have to stop playing because the sessions would have to be after school and would interfere with parents schedules. If it was THAT IMPORTANT to the parents THEY would adjust THEIR schedule.

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought:

Find a strings musician to volunteer their time to teach, and ask The Loft to donate time and materials to the program!

OR

Eliminate three of our six choirs and three of the other bands to fund strings!

OR

Shut up and pay for private instruction for your little angel like my parents used to do. That way they'll receive much, much better quality of instruction and you'll see to it that your child takes it seriously (because you're paying for it).

So many choices...

Anonymous said...

I love the red herring of "increased intellectual development". I've read the (in)famous study this little gem was taken (out of context) from, and it's nonsense.

The requirement to increase childrens' "On-Task Performance" with music [that is, to change alpha ("awareness") brain waves to beta ("concentration") brain waves] is such that down-tempo baroque (ONLY downtempo baroque) music must be listened to intently for at least 30 minutes in an otherwise quiet setting.

Kids screeching on violins actually PRODUCES alpha waves because they're being engaged tactilely. That is, their senses are heightened by sound-touch activity, which is the opposite desired effect required to increase cognition and induce learning.

Morons.

Anonymous said...

9:38 Must we now label our comments so that the dullards realize we are being sarcastic? It seemed so obvious to me. I never dreamed people would think I was serious.

Anonymous said...

7:19 - You sounded exactly like Julie Feasel. How was I supposed to know you weren't?

If you are going to be sarcastic, you must over do it. Simply impersonating a socialist isn't enough to indicate your sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

10:49

The band program is set up differently than the strings program. The band program took a back seat when the strings program was started to allow the strings program to succeed. Band chose to meet during recess which does not make for a scheduling nightmare. It also does not force students to chose between playing their instrument or general music. Basically, the strings program wastes half a teacher in each building because it is set up during the general music time, thus each music teacher in the building only teaching about half a class. In fourth grade, there are sometimes classes that only have four to five students in general music due to how this is set up.

The band program only meets in one class period during the day (5 sections per week) whereas the strings program will generally have 4 periods per day (20 sections per week). As you can see...the cost savings does not even compare between band and strings so don't bring up that argument. The band department took a hit to allow this faulty system to teach strings and now the entire music department is taking a hit because the strings program is a money pit with unqualified teachers teaching it.

Anonymous said...

10:49

So, what you're saying is that our administration is so incompetent to structure a stupid strings program that how could we have any confidence in them structuring an academic program.

"Alternative Classroom" is a failure; "Formative/ Summative Assessment" is going to reap enormous dividends of failure when throughputs are measured in a couple of years; "Everyday Mathematics" is going to prove to be a colossal failure when those throughputs are measured in a few years.

I see nothing but socioacademic engineering in the schools. And I'm supposed to have confidence in these people when they couldn't get a dumb strings program right?

Prestige Music Studios said...

The Loft Violin Shop is in Clintonville, not Powell. They have been there for years. It is interesting that they are paying to help keep the string program in the schools.

There are many studies showing how music correlates to development, better math and reading skills, more confidence, etc. Just Google it -- you'll find many abstracts, articles and studies.

Another alternative, rent your violin (for less money) from a local music lessons company and get private music lessons! The President/CEO of Prestige Music Studios in Powell is an Olentangy graduate, and they support the schools through being major sponsors at elementary carnivals and other fundraising activities.

Try Prestige Music Studios, Inc.: www.prestigemusicstudios.com / 614.764.4000

Anonymous said...

Thanks 8:46, councilwoman Sara Marie Brenner, President and CEO of Prestige Music Studios. Love to see the shillin taking place here on the Anti-positivist.

Anonymous said...

At least it's funny to know all the parasite class keep track of their opposition.

Anonymous said...

9:11 - DING DING DING .... we have a winner! Nice!

Anonymous said...

Olentangy is suing six school districts and other education groups to get back millions of dollars it contributed to an insurance consortium. Defendants, including Buckeye Valley, responded with a countersuit last week, saying Olentangy’s demand is against the consortium’s rules and just unfair. Why would you sue other school? What a waste of money.

Anonymous said...

simple sue another district as a distraction to what is really going on in olentangy district.like dealing with a child they say they have minor hurt to leg.respond do u want me to cut it off.they forget the pain

Anonymous said...

Becauase Greg Scott negotiated a sweet deal for Wade Lucas. This is Wade's way of paying him back, with frivilous work at $350 / hour.