Please see prior comments under “The Academy Difference”. Admin
Rosebud – Addressing your above comments in order:
1) “only educators should have this responsibility.”
Don’t you believe teachers should answer to their administration, and the administration to their boards, whether public or private? This is how all public agencies, nonprofits and corporations work in order to ensure public accountability.
2) “I think that greater BOE representation on the Academy BOT’s would muddy the waters of setting clear and consistent objectives . . . as the body of the BOE’s change with election cycles, the consistency of those representing the towns may change as well, leading to and perpetuating a lack of clarity.”
The purpose of greater sending town representation is to balance the budgetary needs of the Academy with those of the public school systems and to better coordinate their educational programs all with the intent of improving the education of our students. The BOT’s self-selected inbreeding has produced an insular group with an excess of missionary zeal that feels entitled to a disproportionate share of the public’s cash – the public school system be damned. This is contrary to the interests of the town’s overall educational system – and the Academy’s own long term interests.
3. “It seems to me that you undermine the role of educators, parents, and students in their responsibility in achieving a quality education. Your statements likens to the foolish belief that a hospital administrator bears ultimate responsibility for a patient’s health.”
Following your example, ask any CEO of a hospital – he is responsible for the health CARE of his hospital’s patients – that is precisely what he is there for. You distort the point by saying the patient has responsibility for his own health as well – people do get sick or injured despite taking good care of themselves – it is simplistic to suggest otherwise.
4. “Your example of the Warren-Taylor affair may be a more appropriate example of an issue affecting the Academy’s social environment I think . . . I think it had little impact on the educational environment. However, I am glad that you are confident on the public education’s expediency in taking care of disciplinary issues because it has been my understanding that the public education system has its hands tied in this matter, especially when it comes to disciplining children who are directly and beligerently interfering with the academic environment of their peers.”
Such an affair at senior ranks of any organiztion would distort the organizations productivity – why do you believe the Academy is an exception? And comparing treatment of irresponsible adults who are paid professionals to misbehaved schoolchildren is a poor analogy and represents a real lowering of the bar in rationalizing the Academy’s negligence in this matter – they did nothing about it until it became a public relations problem – a real statement about their priorities.