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Modeling Bad Behavior

Original post made on May 13, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Editor,

I appreciate the Palo Alto Weekly's reporting on the harassment charges against Phil Winston — I have a child in one of Mr. Winston's current classrooms.

Read letters to the editor here Web Link posted Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by WellStated, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Rayme - very well stated. Your letter speaks volumes to the issue of bad management. The students, parents and co-workers should not have been the experiment for Mr. Winston. The district has mishandled this issue because they DO NOT consider the perspective of the children. When the district starts making the children the center of their strategy, they will soon realize that there is no place for this kind of behavior, and they will understand that such a cover-up and placement of Mr. Winston in the classroom is completely inappropriate.


Posted by Professor Smarty Pants, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 14, 2014 at 8:39 am

If we're going to talk about modeling bad behavior, another good place to start might be right here on the Town Square Forums, where any number of people are perfectly happy to trash talk, rumor-monger, gossip, and bully others from the safety of complete anonymity, with absolutely no accountability for their behavior.


Posted by Skung, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2014 at 4:31 am

When did the district focus on kids during Kevin Skelly's seven-year reign? I would argue that I have seen Skelly cheer on Skelly and the board cheer on each other at board meetings and this year through Tabitha Hurley's superficial press releases. The last seven years were very profitable for Skelly, not so much for our neediest kids or the PAUSD brand.


Posted by It is about Lying, a resident of Barron Park
on May 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Oops! Skelly did it Again, only this time, I would say that his mistake was to tell us,the community, lies about why Mr. Winston was leaving Gunn. He should had just spoken the truth and said: Mr. Winston has been investigated for sexual harassment towards students and staff at Paly. And because of that he is going to be a teacher of special education on Jordan. Then when parents find out that their students had been assigned to Mr. Winston class, they could decide if they wanted him to teach their students or not. Unfortunately he teachers the minority groups whose parents might not speak English. Skelly is about to leave and he never learned to be truthful. What a shame.


Posted by Professor Smarty Pants, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

@It is about Lying: >"Unfortunately he teachers the minority groups whose parents might not speak English."

Well, you are either completely ignorant of the facts or you are lying yourself, since Winston teaches in a mainstream classroom.


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