Friday, December 24, 2010

Marty Esquivel on the "Issues"

Clearly, what a man puts on his list of (most) important issues, link, says something about the man.

So does what he does not put on his list.

Nowhere on School Board President and senior most role model of student standards of conduct, Marty Esquivel's list of important things to do, is role modeling of the student standards of conduct; the Pillars of Character Counts!.

This isn't about the Pillars of Character Counts!. It is about whether adults should be honestly accountable as role models of the standards of conduct they establish and enforce upon students, whatever those standards are; high standards like the Pillars, or low standards like "legal"; the lowest standard of all.

It is about whether we should put back the policy they took out, the one that used to read;

In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult,
be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
If the Pillars of Character Counts! represent standards of conduct that are too high for administrators and board members, then they are too high for children. You cannot expect anyone to hold themselves honestly accountable to a higher standard of conduct than the standard to which you are willing to hold yourself honestly accountable.

If we really want students to grow to embrace character and courage and honor,
then those are the standards for their role models.

Leadership is by example. It starts at the top.

Marty Esquivel will not raise his right hand and swear
honest accountability to the same standards as students.

He will not step up as a role model.

Role modeling doesn't even make his list.

It is at the absolute
top of mine.

If you support me, I will return to you, control over power and
resources that belong to you.

I will do that by establishing transparency limited only by the law. I will establish honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct with public service. I will establish a permanent seat for stakeholders, at the table where decisions are made.

Those are all tenets of Character Counts!, a standard to which I will hold myself accountable for the measly few hours a day I hold students accountable, and Esquivel will not.

If Kent Walz is unaware of this,
he's not much of a pressman.

If he knows about it and is
covering Esquivel's ass, then
he is much worse.

photos and frame grab Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

I don't think Marty can use a CC! reference because APS is no longer a member.
That's something important he and the Board never came clear on: When did they officially break with CC! organization, and under what circumstances? Did they abdicate, or was APS "kicked out" of CC! ?
Another intellectual win for you Ched!
Give 'em Hell and bring home the victory!

Anonymous said...

Dear Ched, May I please implore upon you to dedicate some of your blogs to educating us on how to vote for this type of election?
PROBLEM 1:I spent several hours today piecing together where my school district # could be found (the only place I found it was on the back of the voter ID card). I think several people might confuse it with the many other district #s that they vote for in other elections.
PROBLEM 2: Figuring out the early voting, and regular voting for this election is confusing. I finally found some awkward directions on the Bernalillo County website. Many people might not know there is absentee voting & early voting for this election.