Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let’s talk character (education)

It's been more than twenty-one years since the APS school board adopted the resolution that began character education in earnest, in APS

The kindergarteners who saw the first deliberate, concerted effort to help them build and maintain their good character, graduated nine years ago.

Recent events, including an effort to erase standards the resolution specifically established, suggest that the leadership of APS has lost its resolve.

A simple (public) reconsideration of the motion is in order.

Please urge the APS board of education to reconsider the 1994 resolution and their commitment to helping students gain and maintain their character. Urge them to reaffirm their commitment.

Attend the meeting tomorrow, link.  Speak at the public forum, or
simply stand up when I petition board members to arrange for their reconsideration.

There is some urgency for the reconsideration, as the new school year begins in about a month and it would be nice if our expectations for students are stated clearly and with some conviction, before we expect them to start meeting them.

I am grateful for your time and attention.

End note; an edited version of this post was submitted to the Journal (letter to the editors) in plenty of time for them to inform the democracy; should they care to participate.

Should reconsideration reach fruition, it will be interesting to read their editorial for or against attention to character education and higher standards of conduct.

photo Mark Bralley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

During the public forum, please ask the Board and Superintendent how it is that Gabriella Duran Blakey, Board President Don Duran's daughter, was just appointed to Middle School Associate Superintendent. This is in direct violation of the Board Policy/Procedural Directive, on NEPOTISM



Also interesting how VALENTINO has so far given the boot to Green, Jacobsen, Elder and brings in a Cordova, Martinez, Sandoval, and Duran. Check out his tweets at Luis Valentino @EdChatter, and see how far he leans and in what direction.

The Board has clearly picked another loser.