26. June 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Links, Ramble

I know, I know, I harp on this a lot, but today I’ll go into a bit more detail about one thing that has been bothering me for a time.

The D.C. Department of Employment Services fired a contractor who was working with youths in the city’s summer jobs program after officials became aware of messages on his Twitter site that Anacostia is “ghetto” and that he was loafing at work.

Once again, it’s good to be reminded that what you write can be held against you. I read it here.

In addition, pictures can be held against you. I ran across some images of a youth symphony conductor holding up a Playboy magazine. Now what he does on his own time is his business, but this was on his Facebook page, and I could see that a number of the youth symphony members were his “friends”. Whether or not you agree that Playboy is trash, this shows a lack of discernment that I find troubling in a leader of youth. But then he also says his favorite activity is smoking, and I see pictures of youth symphony members smoking with him. This just seems in poor taste to me. (I will no longer recommend that youth symphony.) I know I’m more uptight than many, but still … don’t you want a youth symphony conductor to take care in what he exhibits publicly?


  1. marionharrington

    I couldn’t agree more, Patty. I wonder whether society as a whole has completely lost its way. Why is that do you think? A combination of lack of parental interest and the fact an entire generation don’t seem to have any faith in some sort of Higher Power?

  2. If I figure it out I’ll let you know!

    I have a couple of students in the youth orchestra that I wrote about, and I really want to talk to their parents. (I already talked to one of the students.)