A quick response to you – You both responded on the thread reporting the retirement  of the director of Secondary education. (link #1).
 
Mr.  Vinceti – you mentioned institutional memory, community memory.
And I am wondering. Institutional memory? How? What does the community know about the institution? I am talking about the community at large, not specific families and friends who cannot forget. 
My take on the lack of past info was the base of my open address to Ken Dauber  three years ago to form a PAUSD shadow board.  (link #2). I suggested to call for public input about the past decade.  I was hoping to find a way to create community memory and understanding of the institution.  
Sadly,  it seems to me that we are not any closer now to institutional memory than we were three years ago.
Ms. Gaona Mendoza  – I wrote to you several times. I wish you and your  child  all the best.
The  first time I addressed you I  mentioned the Civil Liberty Act of 1988. While correction is not always possible, no thought can be given to a possible better future without a clear grasp of the past. Acknowledging wrong that was done is the first step. Always. Even before apology.  Acknowledgment cannot be skipped.  Obviously, no acknowledgement can be given to unknown facts. 

 

Many noted  the connection between the past and possible future correction/change. I have quoted quite a few of them during the past years. Here are few samples:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” -George Orwell

And —   “This is the way they work. If they do not talk about it, maybe people will think that the problem does not exist.”Ms.  Gaona Mendoza (link #4)

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link #1 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2016/04/27/palo-alto-school-districts-secondary-education-director-to-retire
Link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2013/03/21/open-address-to-ken-dauber—please-form-shadow-pausd-board
Link #3 – https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/open-address-to-ms-mendoza-the-lady-who-brought-the-office-of-civil-rights-ocr-to-pausd-and-few-related-thoughts/
Link #4 – https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/this-is-the-way-they-work-if-they-do-not-talk-about-it-maybe-people-will-think-that-the-problem-does-not-exist-ms-mendoza-101913-here-is-my-take/

Here is a partial list of quotes that were removed by the PA Online moderators.

  • “The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
  • “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it”  –  Mark Twain
  • “All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” George Bernard Shaw
  • “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” George Orwell
  • ”… The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary.  Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralised, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady.      Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. …”George Orwell

 

And a misquoted Shakespeare which was removed quite a few times….

“Methinks thou doth protest too much.”

Dear Mr. Dauber,

As the next elections were mentioned, I am reposing my request from last year asking you to resign.  I have copied the title (above) from last year’s post.
Here is what I wrote on May, 2015:
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Dear Mr. Dauber,

Yes, me, again.

I have addressed you several times before trying to convince you remain an outsider and to act from the outside.  This is also an attempt to find a way to create some Checks & Balances, thus my repeated suggestion to form a Shadow PAUSD Board.

I stand corrected about your running for the school board – I think that your winning last election was very important. Your winning proved that the public mindset may have shifted a bit.  And, a personal proof point – while you were marginalized before, you were correct in your assertions.  And not a word now about the dirty tricks used trying to stop you.

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At this point I think it has become quite clear that the district’s systemic issues cannot be addressed singularly, one by one.  Best practices will not emerge from addressing the issues this way.  Randomly, almost.
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MLK’s urgency in his speech “Why We Can’t Wait” is relevant in so many ways.  I think that some form of a Shadow PAUSD board makes so much sense now, especially given the broken trust and fear of retaliation.  And, who knows?  Maybe you’ll initiate momentum for creating some mechanism of Check & Balances over various local governments?

Please resign!  You can be much more impactful working outside of the board!  I believe that you may have gained some insights as to how things really work. Sadly, Aristophanes is as relevant today as he was many years back.  We need your leadership, outside of the board.

This boat needs to be rocked. Stables need to be cleaned. Please educate the community about the way things work, loudly and clearly.  So much work needs to be done, so much light needs to be shed on the district’s issues.
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Time is of the essence.  The kids cannot wait.
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I hope you will consider my appeal.
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village fool
I decided to dedicate another post to the censorship on Palo Alto Online.
The following is a tiny sampling of censored comments, which I am copying from the page I dedicated to this issue on this blog:  PA Online Editing/Censoring – Before&After (link #1).
The threads where these censored comments came from can be found on Link#1.   The censored comments below are not listed in chronological order.
And, yes, I know – PA Online owns the media.  Many threads on Palo Alto Online discuss this issue.  You can also find many links on this topic in (link#1). On my “Before &After” page, I list only a fraction of the censorship I noticed.  Shaw’s quote (in tittle above) vanished after I posted it.
For your viewing pleasure (or dismay)!
Before:

Posted by Palo Alto Forward
a resident of Woodside
43 minutes ago

“2015: Palo Alto’s year of resistance”

You have had your fun. Now we will crush you. Resistance is futile and will not be tolerated.

After:

Posted by Palo Alto
a resident of Woodside
2 hours ago

[Post removed.]

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Before:

Posted by Due Process
a resident of Crescent Park
2 hours ago

Editors: why is it wrong for me to point out that everyone is entitled to due process?

After:

Posted by Due Process
a resident of Crescent Park
3 hours ago

[Post removed.]

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Before:
Posted by Humble observer
a resident of another community
36 minutes ago

WHY are comments being removed here for just touching on Daily Post coverage of the case? This editing appears gratuitous and contrary to Palo Alto Online’s own Terms of Use: Web Link

I mentioned that the Post had opened this whole subject with its California Public Records Act request, which I’d read about in a print story cited. I certainly have no connection with the Post. I quoted 11 words (well under the 50-word copyright use protocol) from the Post, on apparent contradiction between Shen’s public claims and contract terms.

That and other harmless references to the Post story in other comments disappeared without explanation, while purely speculative comments remain here. What kind of journalism is that? A publication like the Weekly should be happy to credit work by others in the field (just as it cites bylines in news-service stories). Again: there was no issue in the deleted comments either of fact (the Post story is public record), copyright, respect, or propriety.

After:

Posted by Humble observer
a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

[Post removed.]

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Before:

“…Now the only question is whether the board has had enough and will say “uncle” and agree to OCR’s proposal or whether they want to face enforcement and possible obstruction action. Smart money is on the latter. Get your popcorn ready, this should be good.”

After:

“… Now the only question is whether the board has had enough and will say “uncle” and agree to OCR’s proposal or whether they want to face enforcement and possible obstruction action. [Portion removed.]

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Before:

Posted by Angie Baker
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
2 minutes ago
Angie Baker is a registered user.

I’m confused. The first time you posted the district statement you said that you were asked to post it. Now you say you are posting it for the record. Which is it? Does the weekly make postings on request without informing readers about who requested it? That’s concerning.

After:

 

Gone. Vanished. 

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Before:

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
6 minutes ago
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The Publisher has directed that I not engage in iterative discussions with other posters so Slow Down and Resident 1 have been added to my Do Not Respond List.

After:

 

Vanished.

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Before:

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
25 minutes ago
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

For the record Slow Down is on the list of poster to whom I may not respond.

After:

 

Vanished.

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Before

Posted by George Orwell
a resident of East Palo Alto
22 minutes ago

The Weekly maintains a list of unwelcome commentators, such as myself. Orwellian. Even I could not have invented such a plot.

My younger colleagues who told me about the hacking, indicated that quite likely the Big Brother maintains a list of “IP addresses” . Apparently the electronic address of the unwelcome commentators. My friends also indicated that quite likely, such an IP address list may include various comments written by the Big Brother.
My friends also indicated that any unwelcome commentator must assume that any information kept by big brother was hacked. Including, obviously, IP addresses and whatever Big Brother saw fit to keep.

Welcome to my world.

After:

 

Vanished.

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Dear Edmund, 
Long time.  Here are the final words of one of your threads,  part of a comment I posted on Apr, 2014 which probably  caused Big Brother to lock your thread (link #1): 
 
“….I wrote many times my belief that anything and everything is possible where there is no accountability, no transparency etc. Fear of retaliation is just one of the very reasonable results of such culture. It is a very slippery road.”
 
(The thread may change. I have copied today’s version, January 23rd, 2016. I happened to notice situations before where my comments were removed more than a year after I posted.)
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I recalled my writing  – anything and everything is possible – because of the latest debacle. A nightmare for parents.
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I also noted on the same blog, your blog (link #1):
“@Edmund Burke – Thank you for not giving up on fools! Way back I took the huge liberty to comment that given the lack of transparency and lack of accountability, analyzing these policies was a waste of your time. Later, I stood corrected, realizing that your incredible research can, hopefully, be a milestone on the way to transparency, accountability and best practices.


I think it is important to note, again, that many of the most engaged and committed supporters of bullying policies for “all”, regardless of predefined protected subgroup, are those whose personal kids belong to a protected subgroup.
I noted before – while this may seem to be a trivial observation, I think that it points to the detrimental results of bullying. Those who experienced bullying know that one can never know when bullying will present it\’s ugly face….

It so happened that I posted last night my take on the Bullying Policies\’ long and windy and very costly road. Here is a link – Web Link

My post includes also my suggested Bullying Polices. Obviously, my very uneducated suggestion.

LaToya Baldwin Clark words about bullying after the (first) OCR case became public knowledge were in my mind (and heart) when I wrote my post last night.
I related to her words, and noted where she can be watched here – Web Link

 
And – 
I will try again (soon) to write my perspective about the way my first blog post about the Achievement Gap  (back in September, 2013) is related to the events that brought the OCR (Office of Civil Rights) to Palo Alto, to the ongoing censoring, to Jordan’s name, etc. 
MLK knew. 
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.Link #1 –  http://www.paloaltoonline.com/blogs/p/2014/03/11/the-incredible-shrinking-bullying-policy

@Bill Glazier- Back in April you started a thread entitled:  Why is Ground Water Pumping Still Allowed in Palo Alto? (Link #1).
Thank you for asking and bringing this issue to our attention.  I think that your question and some of the responses relate nicely to the many ways the word “education” may be viewed, especially given the drought and the Governor’s calls to conserve water, etc. 
 
Here is one of the definitions of the word “education” (copied from link #2):
 
“: the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university

: the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university

: a field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching”

 I think that Einstein defined education beautifully:  “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
Seems to me that Albert ‘s definition  went back to basics :  “Do as I do.”  Albert knew.
 
Kids recognize double language very early, and lose trust. I think that the pumping water and letting it go to the bay is a great symbol of the double language, double standards, even if the aquifer is not harmed.
 
It takes a village….
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July 3rd, comment – I edited the post above adding Einstein’s quote. This quote was on my mind when I  wrote the post. Sloppy editing…
Happy 4th!!!
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Link #1 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2015/04/09/why-is-ground-water-pumping-still-allowed-in-palo-alto
Link #2 – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/education

Dear Mr. Dauber,

Yes, me, again.

I have addressed you several times before trying to convince you remain an outsider and to act from the outside.  This is also an attempt to find a way to create some Checks & Balances, thus my repeated suggestion to form a Shadow PAUSD Board.

I stand corrected about your running for the school board – I think that your winning last election was very important. Your winning proved that the public mindset may have shifted a bit.  And, a personal proof point – while you were marginalized before, you were correct in your assertions.  And not a word now about the dirty tricks used trying to stop you.
.
At this point I think it has become quite clear that the district’s systemic issues cannot be addressed singularly, one by one.  Best practices will not emerge from addressing the issues this way.  Randomly, almost.  
.

MLK’s urgency in his speech “Why We Can’t Wait” is relevant in so many ways.  I think that some form of a Shadow PAUSD board makes so much sense now, especially given the broken trust and fear of retaliation.  And, who knows?  Maybe you’ll initiate momentum for creating some mechanism of Check & Balances over various local governments?

Please resign!  You can be much more impactful working outside of the board!  I believe that you may have gained some insights as to how things really work. Sadly, Aristophanes is as relevant today as he was many years back.  We need your leadership, outside of the board.

 
This boat needs to be rocked. Stables need to be cleaned. Please educate the community about the way things work, loudly and clearly.  So much work needs to be done, so much light needs to be shed on the district’s issues.
.
Time is of the essence.  The kids cannot wait.
.
I hope you will consider my appeal.
.
village fool
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