From the Editor:
July 12, 2013
At the school board meeting on July 2, Mr. Estrada resigned, writing that he did not want to be part of a divisive board or a cause of division on the board. This editorial is not about that decision. It is about the
the troubling trend, in society in general and the school board in particular, of avoiding any appearance of conflict because it's messy and uncomfortable and not what good people do. If you are not going along
with the group, then you shouldn't be part of the group or you should keep your opinions private to keep a united front. At the same time, anyone outside the group can be attacked in a manner that is undiplomatic
and, to a neutral observer, slightly vitriolic. If you detect a reference to the Channel 20 dispute there, you are correct though I am not taking sides. I interviewed the mayor and Dr. Eastwood, and also talked
to Mr. Warren at the NAACP school board candidate forumn. The print issues ended at that time so they were never published, though I will have them in the archives soon as the
lost issues. Without further
investigation, I was left with a he said/she said impression and, quite frankly, I don't care to investigate further. I just want to see them work together and get it done. Mature, responsible adults can believe
in their side of an issue, fight for it publicly, and then get along with the other side to get the job done. In the real world, you have to work with people you hate and still do the job because your boss
doesn't care about your squabbles. Last I checked, the public is the boss, and while I feel for the discomfort of the parties involved, 'nough said.
Of course, the purpose of our school system is to educate our youth. Current theory seems to be to prepare them for the work force and a good job, but I hold with an older school that believes in preparing them to be the citizens of our democracy. There is no doubt in my mind that teaching them, "going along is getting along," will help them to be successful in the world as it is. I just believe that we should be teaching them how to create the world as it should be. Avoiding or hiding conflict, and failing to deal with it constructively, won't accomplish that.
Consider and, if you please, act accordingly.