@Marielena Gaona Mendoza and @Marc Vincenti – “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday”. ~Pearl Buck
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)
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/