Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cheating in ethics class

In the WSJ, link, a report on 60 students cheating in a college sports ethics class.

They arrived at the class unprepared or unwilling to behave ethically; hold themselves accountable to higher standards of conduct.

After more than a dozen years in public schools, they had not learned that their integrity is the most important thing they own and that it is the only thing they will ever own that cannot be taken away from them.  It has to be given away.  They made a bad choice; out of ignorance or out of a deliberate decision to live outside the rules, they traded their integrity for a chance to ditch class.

Currently, there is no character education going on in Albuquerque Public Schools.  By that I mean, no concerted effort.  There are a number of teachers and principals who by their personal example, are teaching kids about their character.

The school board and senior administrative "leadership" steadfastly refuse to defend, deny, or even acknowledge their abandonment of character education for students, and their abandonment of their duties as role models of the standards they establish and enforce upon students. 

They will not defend their decision to strike the role modeling clause* from their own standards of conduct.  They will not discuss in public, their refusal to put it back.   
*In no case shall the standards of conduct for adults 
be lower than the standards of conduct for students.

There are right now, two sets of standards in the APS. 
For adults, there is the law, and cost is no object litigation to provide for them; exception to the law and the opportunity to admit no guilt.  The law; the standards of conduct than every higher standard is higher than. 

For students; there are the Pillars of Character Counts!, link; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.

The Journal and the rest of the establishment media steadfastly refuse to investigate and report upon the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

Even in the face of an election that could end the scandal
at once and for all.

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