Friday, April 17, 2009

Is it time to lower expectations for APS students?

APS students live and work under a set of high expectations;
they are expected to "... model and promote the Pillars of
Character Counts! link.

The highest among those standards is, the expectation that
students are to tell the truth. (Note please, the huge
difference between the student standard; telling the truth,
and the would be adult standard; not lying.

I say "would be" because, if one believes in the requirements
and obligations of role modeling, then the adult standards are
the student standards (at the very least).

That is the whole point of the role modeling clause which reads;

In no case shall the standards of conduct for adults
be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
The adults don't want to tell the truth.

The hypocrisy in holding students accountable to higher
standards of conduct than adults can only be resolved by
making one or the other, of two choices;
  • raise the adult standards of conduct, or
  • lower the student standards of conduct.

It is clear that the adults are not going to raise the standards
of conduct to which they are willing to be held honestly
accountable. They will never be held accountable, voluntarily,
to any standard of conduct which does not allow them to hide
the inconvenient truth.

Therefore, the only other option is to lower the standards of
conduct for students.

How low should they be lowered?

They need to be low enough that adults are willing to be held
honestly accountable to them.

The record shows that the leadership of the APS is not willing
to be held accountable even to the law; they pay lawyers to
litigate their exception to the law. I am not making this up,
the allegation is proven in the public record. That proof is
the reason that APS will not surrender the record of the
litigation by Modrall lawyers that has excepted senior APS
administrators and board members from accountability to
the law.

It would appear then that the student standards of conduct
must be lower even, than accountability to the law.

The problem is that there really is no standard of conduct
lower than the law.

The only choice left to Winston Brooks and the board then,
is to avoid the open and honest discussion of either student
standards of conduct, or adult standards of conduct.

One can get away with just about anything if one can but
keep it all a secret.

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