Saturday, October 30, 2021

Who is (not) Dr. ___?

There was a discussion at the end of the October 26 board meeting about whether Helen Grant should be addressed at Dr. Grant. Trustee Monica Scott raised the question that I began thinking about months ago when I realized that Helen Grant was an attorney with a J.D. (Juris Doctorate) degree and not an educational doctorate, such as Ed.D. or a doctorate such as Ph.D. Even if she had those, she - in her current employment position - should not be addressed as Dr. Grant.

I've known many attorneys over the years. I worked closely with attorneys when I was a C.L.U. in the life insurance business. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council in Denver, I worked with bank trust officers, CPAs, other life insurance agents and attorneys who specialized in estate planning and business planning. Never once did I ever hear an attorney referred to as Dr. ____.

When I worked in a large Fortune 100 corporation and worked with attorneys there, no one ever referred to himself as Dr. _____.

When I worked for three years in a suburban Chicago law firm, I never heard an attorney referred to as Dr. ____.

And then I came across Richland 2 School District and begin hearing "Dr. Grant", now the Chief Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Officer. Then I learned that she is an attorney, not an educator.

The correct form of address for Helen Grant is "Mrs. Grant", not "Dr. Grant" and not "Attorney Grant".

Trustee Scott was allowed by the Chair to ask the superintendent how Mrs. Grant should be addressed. First of all, RONR requires questions to be addressed to the Chair. But everybody in the room should have known what the superintendent's response was going to be. Of course, he was going to answer, "Dr. Grant."

Well, he's wrong. Am I the only one in town to say so? 

"A Product of Spring Valley H.S."

At the October 26, 2021 Richland 2 school board meeting, Teresa Holmes said (3:31:44), "I am a product of Spring Valley High School"

She seems to be proud of being a graduate of Spring Valley High School.

Is the Spring Valley High School proud of her?

Read this comment Holmes submitted to The Voice of Blythewood & Fairfield County, after the paper published a long story about the disastrous school meeting on September 14, which disintegrated under Holmes' leadership. That was the meeting when three responsible trustees walked out, because they refused to vote on the superintendent's proposed contract amendment without having had sufficient time to consider it. 

DrTeresa Holmes says
This article is yet again another example Yellow Journalism. I urge the community to watch the board meeting for the real events of the meeting. The rag of a paper might as well be the Gus Philpot show along with who him and his band of racist choose to endorse or follow. The community is well aware of how this paper hacks up a story to suit their hate. The real story is how parents and the community were cheated out of information they needed by reckless behavior and dereliction of duty. I know this paper and the crew working for this rag will continue slant and half report stories to deface those of us like myself who have called them out as the racist they are and I have a filed legal complaint against their silent stooge Gus z Philpot .Truth in journalism does not exist for minority leaders in the let’s get them grudge fill piece of trash. Again to see what really happened log into R2 Livestream."

So Holmes is a "product of Spring Valley High School".

Now, read her comment to the newspaper slowly and carefully. For all the grammatical mistakes to be clear, read it slowly aloud. Is it a well-written comment by a person with a doctorate, even if it is from a 100% online school (business) in California? 

Or is it an embarrassment to the education received at Spring Valley High School? Presumably, high school, middle school and elementary school are where a student learns good grammar and the ability to write well. Those skills should be in place before getting a high school diploma!