Monday, December 22, 2014

An open letter in response to the Journal's most reprehensible editorial ever

The editorial in the Journal this morning, link;

Rape of unconscious girl troubling on many levels

"The reported rape of a Valley High School student", you wrote,

... is troubling on several levels.
Then you have the unmitigated gall to wonder aloud;
Could the school have done more in a way that might help to protect future victims? emphasis added
You sons of bitches!  You cowardly and corrupt pukes!

I told you eight years ago, that the leadership of the APS was completely abandoning character education.  More than abandoning it; they were and are erasing their ties as fast an furiously as they can.

I told you that year and several times every year since:
they removed role modeling clause from their own standards of conduct;
In no case shall the standards of conduct for adults
be lower than the standard of conduct for students
I told you they had utterly abandoned any concerted effort to help students develop their good character, and you relentless refused and still do, to investigate and report on their abdication.

You relentlessly refuse to investigate and report upon credible evidence and testimony of an ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS, and then wonder aloud if the schools could have done something!  How dare you?

Even your solution today, in the face of such unconscionable behavior?; is to underwrite the validity of APS'  current efforts to help students develop their character;
"maybe we could have them read a book".
Maybe “Lord of the Flies” isn’t required reading anymore, but perhaps it should be if peer pressure is such that young people appear to willingly accept animalistic group behavior they know is wrong – and then ridicule the victim.
Have you forgotten, for the purposes of this editorial,
that most students can read? And, further, it wouldn't do any real good even if they could.

Do you really suppose there was a single student there that night who hadn't at some point in their last decade in school, "read" the fable about George Washington and personal accountability to higher standards of conduct? 

Character is taught by personal example, only.

You continue;
Rape isn’t a new problem, so it’s hard to fathom that some people need to be told that they have a role in stopping it.
No harder to fathom than the sun rising in the east.

Obviously they do.  Students do need to be told why you don't stand around and do nothing in the face of a rape.  How else can we expect them to make the right decision, rely human nature?  Not only do they need to be told, they need to be shown.

Edmund Burke could not have said it better;
All that is necessary for evil to prevail in the world
is for good people to do nothing. derived
It is fair I think, when something goes really wrong; to blame the people who could have done the most to stop it, but did little or nothing at all.

If there is a decline in the manifest character of students, there is no one who could have done more to reverse the decline than you, the editors of the Journal.

The problem is; this isn't about the best interests of students.

It's about the best interests of school board members and senior administrators who have no interest at all, not even in its smallest measure, of being held honestly accountable as role models of higher standards of conduct than the law, and about your complacency about and or complicity in their efforts to cover it up.

If I'm wrong, somebody ought to be able to stand up in an open meeting and point out why.

Somebody ought to be able to explain in words that any student can understand; why it is that;
students are expected to model and promote honest accountability to a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct, and
school board members, senior administrators and newspaper editors, are not.
Every generation expects the next generation
to be the first generation to hold itself honestly
accountable to higher standards of conduct.

It hasn't worked before, it isn't working now and, there is no reason to believe it ever will.

If we truly want students to grow into adults who embrace character and courage and honor, someone is going to have to show them what it looks like; by their own personal example.

In this context that would be; school board members, senior administrators and news paper editors.

If Trevor worked for me, he would draw the editors hiding behind their masthead watching students  watching students rape students and wondering in a collective thought bubble;
shouldn't somebody be doing something?

cc the editors upon posting by means of a comment posted on their editorial.

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