@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”

 
and I think that one of the best definitions of education is:  “Do as I do.” 
 
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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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.
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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

On February  9th, 2015, the PA weekly published a thread titled:  “High school self-studies yield data on counseling, school climate” (link #1). I posted the following comment on this thread:

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Posted by village fool

a resident of another community
56 minutes ago

Am I the only one to wonder about – self study?
Can self study raise difficult questions? Can self study hear the fringe? the silent? those who need help? those who question the status quo?

I am reminded of the discussion about the ombudsman – Web Link

Here’s to checks and balances. All of them.

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(My comment vanished, no trace left. Not a word now about the ongoing censoring.).

 

I have mentioned Checks ans Balances many times.  Or rather, the lack of them. You are welcome to search my blog for other references (top right). I also mentioned them many times on the PA Weekly. The comment above is only one sample.

 

The WASC self study has a cycle of six years.  Thinking of the past six years, the following  issues/occurrences come to mind, among others:

`-The Gunn counseling system

-Paly’s math teachers’ letter (issues reflected by this letter)

-Achievement gap

-Consistency in curriculum

-Homework…

-Fear of retaliation/cultural issues

Is it possible that the issues listed above existed during the previous WASC review cycle?  Is it possible that some of the issues were overlooked?  If so, why? (Obviously, I have some thoughts…)

Last Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the WASC was on the PAUSD board’s agenda, apparently per Mr. Dauber’s request.  The issue of zero period at Gunn was high-lighted.  Actually, this issue was mentioned many times recently on the threads dealing with youth stress, but did not make its way to the WASC discussion.

It seems that Mr. Dauber served as a “check” to the WASC process, high-lighting this particular issue. Thank you!

(While I am thankful to Mr. Dauber, I still believe that his talents and caring would be more effective from outside the board.) 

And I, for one, believe that the outcome produced by any system which is lacking fundamental Checks and Balances cannot be trusted to reflect the real needs and interests of the ones the system is supposed to serve.

 

link #1 –  http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2015/02/09/high-school-self-studies-yield-data-on-counseling-school-climate#comment_form

For your viewing pleasure – here’s a  very short sampling of  censored comments which I picked from the page I dedicated to the ongoing censoring (link #1):

Posted (and disappeared) from thread titled:  “Gone to the dogs: Stanford Shopping Center” (link #2):

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
13 hours ago
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Readers should note that the Editors are freely removing comments which totally conform to their Terms of Use.

Be aware that what you are being allowed to read has been censored without explanation.

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Posted (and disappeared) from thread titled: “High school self-studies yield data on counseling, school climate” (link #3):

Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
56 minutes ago

Am I the only one to wonder about – self study?
Can self study raise difficult questions? Can self study hear the fringe? the silent? those who need help? those who question the status quo?

I am reminded of the discussion about the ombudsman – Web Link

Here’s to checks and balances. All of them.

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Posted and Removed from thread titled: “Man who tried to run over officers nabbed after late-night manhunt”  (link #4):

Posted by Hmmm

a resident of East Palo Alto
1 hour ago

Hmmm is a registered user.

Juan, thank you for reposting your comment. I am very sorry for what you experienced, and that the police weren’t helpful to you.

I don’t think, however, in this case, that profiling was at work. Since the car had been reported stolen, the officers noticed that it matched the info about the stolen car, which is why they stopped him. It was late at night, and traffic was minimal, making it easier to notice the car. I’ve been around LEOs enough to know that they do try to pay attention to stolen vehicle descriptions, and respond accordingly when one is spotted.

I have witnessed real racial profiling on the Peninsula, and it’s truly awful. My heart goes out to you.

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Posted (and disappered) from thread titled: “Mysterious school policy proposal becomes hot potato”, (link #5) 

:Posted by George Orwell

a resident of East Palo Alto
1 hour ago

George Orwell is a registered user.

Apparently I cannot grasp the virtual world’s technicalities. My comments, complementing those in charge of this virtual board keep disappearing. I’ll deeply appreciate any advice.

I am trying to overcome my technical ignorance. Here is my comment, again:

Well done. Restrict the thread, silence the discussion!

The following was written long long time ago about England:
“…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….” G. Orwell.

And so it continues.

And, yes – I hope to post a “real” post (or more) soon… I have allot to say.

Thank you for your time!

village fool

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Link #1 – https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/editing-before-and-after/

Link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2015/02/22/gone-to-the-dogs-stanford-shopping-center

link #3 –  http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2015/02/09/high-school-self-studies-yield-data-on-counseling-school-climate#comment_form

link #4 –  http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/12/28/police-man-who-tried-to-run-over-officers-nabbed-after-late-night-manhun

Link #5 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/12/05/palo-alto-mysterious-policy-proposal-becomes-hot-potato#comment_form

Happy New Year!
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While I did not post for quite a while, I did update the page I dedicated to the Palo Alto Online’s ongoing censoring (link #1).
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Soon I will write a post where I’ll try once again to connect the PA Online’s censoring, the PAUSD achievement gap, and some common sense.
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At this point, all my comments on Palo Alto Online disappear after being transformed to:
“Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed.  Why?”
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The past few days presented several interesting manifestations of the censoring (link #1), as well as a great thread dealing with the legality of HW (link #2).  ‘Parent’, who started this thread, noted that:
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The current UCP form is almost indecipherable. As you might know, I’m not easily discouraged but even I scratch my head and have no idea what to do with it.
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I am very curious to know if the almost indecipherable UCP form (as described by ‘parent’)  needs to be completed when dealing with bullying?
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Some of you may remember the unfolding of the bullying policies. I must admit that following the process of defining those policies was quite beyond me.
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I decided to post my question on Edmund Burke’s blog (link #3). I am aware that the blog is not active anymore, but it was the only place where my comment did not transform to the “Due to repeated violations…”.  Well, at least for now.
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As to my repeated violations – I invite you to check the page where I post comments Before & After being edited (link #1).  I posted many of my “violations,” as well as others’.
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And here’s, again,  to the First Amendment!

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link #1 – https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/editing-before-and-after/
link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/12/18/what-gives-the-school-the-right-to-give-my-child-homework

To those who frequently address the PAUSD board and all who are OCR-minded:
Please, do not come to the meeting today.  Past meetings have proved that the PAUSD board ignores the public’s pleas.  There are too many examples to list now.
The superintendent announced on Sept 23 that today he will tell the community the costs of “dealing” with the OCR.  I previously wrote about that meeting  (link #1).
As many have mentioned, it is hard to know the exact cost of actions that were made to correct previous wrongs.
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Please, let the report be heard without your presence.
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Today’s  presentation happens to take place a few days after PAUSD schools celebrated unity week.  A year ago we had similar situation (link #2, and many more).  I hope that the content of today’s presentation  will be different and will indicate a sincere change of direction.  We do not know, yet.  This is the reason I am asking you not to honor the meeting by your presence.
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I want to think that tonight’s presentation will be a milestone in a new direction. Having read parts of the Board Packet, I doubt that. I hope I am wrong; I hope to stand corrected.  Should today’s presentation mark a new direction I am sure you’ll be the first to applaud, loud and clear.
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This post is a rehash of my writing to Spectator At Large back on Jan 27, a day before what will be remembered as “cut the mike” night  (link #3), and of other postings before that.
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I believe that it is necessary to further demonstrate your frustration and concern.  PAUSD Board’s secret meetings were a very clear statement of their approach after the vigils, the many citizens addressing the board calling for independent investigation, etc.  It seems to me that your absence, your silence tonight, can be such a demonstration.
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I want to thank each and every one of you for all you are doing.  At the end of the day, this is about all the children. Only those who were hurt know that no one is really immune, that all kids should be protected, and that if the weak are treated this way, anyone can be treated this way.
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Dear PAUSD board candidates who oppose the PAUSD board decision to challenge the OCR –
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I am writing to ask you to withdraw from this race, to make a clear statement that you do not want to be part of a governing institution which goes to secret meetings and all the derivatives of those secret meetings – we know enough to know that this board is not transparent.  I am pretty sure we do not know how deep it goes.
I am writing to you asking you to withdraw from the race, and to unite as outsiders to work for the well-being of all PAUSD children.
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Let the sole candidate who would not state a clear opinion about the OCR run and win.  Let the board potentially include only four members who will continue to spend $ on legal advice “fighting” the OCR, publish the cost of “dealing” with Laura’s mom, for example (link # 1) and so forth, rather than focus on the educational needs of our children.
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I have addressed Mr. Dauber before, calling him to form a Shadow PAUSD board (link #2), asking him to reconsider my suggestion (Links #3.1 my blog, 3,2 weekly), and asking him to withdraw from the race – link #4.
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While I totally agree that the OCR is not perfect, as it is a Federal agency with all that implies in terms of resources, etc., I think that the decision to challenge the OCR is a “deal breaker” when it comes to Public Education.  This decision, especially when added to the secret meetings is a clear statement.

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The best case scenario regarding the OCR situation would be that two of you got elected.  Unfortunately, you would still be a minority in a board that has shown neither accountability nor transparency.
I think that a potential PAUSD Shadow Board just presented itself – four out of the five candidates who stated clearly that they would work to repeal the PAUSD board decision regarding the OCR.
In the current situation, I cannot see any mechanism of “checks and balances” for the PAUSD board.  Shadow government  is one approach used in other countries.  Maybe there are other options of which I am not aware.
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I hope you will consider my appeal.

village fool
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Link #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqHSVZOZRg8&feature=youtu.be&t=3h3m35s
Link #2: https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board/
Link #3.1: https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board/
Link #3.2: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2013/12/17/open-address-to-ken-dauber–please–reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board
Link #4: https://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-withdraw-from-the-pausd-board-race/

 

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