So 11 of us showed up at the Tech Plaza for Fallon’s Focus Group, and they only chose 9 of us. The two of us that were rejected still received the “Honorium” (I haven’t opened the check yet, but I assume it is $75).
We had some light discussion as we were crowded into a narrow hallway waiting for our names to be called like jurors or something. Not everyone was clear that this was about Unit 4, much less anything tied to the Futures Conference (one lady did make a connection after reading an article in last week’s News-Gazette – thanks Meg! :)). It sounds like every one of us is a Unit 4 parent with children at all levels of school (and at least one parent that also had a child at Judah). Demographically, it was not very diverse at all – probably only two were not white, and one of them was with me on the short list. The “Chosen” were 4 males, 5 females. Fortunately I am good friends with one of the guys so I am bugging him to tell me about it. *grin* I am hoping they did not have to sign a NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
I chatted a little with the african-american lady as we walked out the building. She was really concerned about the attempted child abductions (a very valid concern!), but she was also very appreciative of how quick the school district responded (including a police sketch of the suspects). She also wanted to participate in the discussion to hear what others were thinking. And that’s pretty much what I wanted to do. I am wondering if perhaps that is something buried in our DNA, to be curious what others are thinking and what they will say. That and the innate desire to speak our own thoughts. 🙂
It will be interesting to watch what Fallon does with these focus groups. There was a group leaving before us (I was told by one of the others who got there before me) and I saw a bunch of names on a signup sheet (didn’t recognize any of them); impossible to know if they were also a Fallon focus group, but it’s possible.