A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
Photo taken at the “Horseshoe” on Boulder Creek Path near Boulder High School
Self-destructive behaviors — including drinking, drugging, smoking tobacco, and hanging out in transient rat packs — make life so much more difficult than it has to be. Stop wasting your meager disposable income and your precious time on this nonsense! Get clean and sober, attend to your personal hygiene requirements, and meet new friends who belong to the broader community in which you live. It will open up a whole new world of positive experiences and opportunities, which can NEVER be discovered at Bridge House or any of the other popular bum hangouts.
Make no mistake about it: Isabel McDevitt, Joy Eckstine Redstone, and others of their ilk will keep you down forever if you allow them to do so. Their creed is More Homeless People = More Money. Don’t be a pawn in their game . . .
Another “Look at me, look at me, LOOK AT ME!” moment from someone in the Boulder Bubble involves the would-have-been valedictorian at Twin Peaks Charter School in Longmont, CO. I support the school administration. Here is the statement they issued:
Statement from Twin Peaks Charter School Regarding
2015 Graduation Ceremonies
May 28, 2015 (Longmont, Colo.) – On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Twin Peak Charter Academy hosted its second annual high school graduation ceremony. The Salutatorian, Historian and Valedictorian were invited to speak at the graduation. Ultimately, the Valedictorian was not allowed to deliver his speech.
As a public school, Twin Peaks Charter Academy has policies and procedures that must be followed to protect our students and maintain the overall mission of our school – which is to provide students with a rigorous education and the foundations of virtue and character, building cultural literacy through a content-rich curriculum in an encouraging environment.
Students have a broad right to express their points of view in a non-disruptive manner when they are not participating in a school-sponsored activity. However, when a student is participating in a school-sponsored activity, the Supreme Court recognized in its Hazelwood decision that the school has not only the right, but the duty, to ensure that the student abides by reasonable standards. Specifically, the court said that the educators may exercise “editorial control over the style and content of student speech in school-sponsored expressive activities so long as their actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.”
In the case of the 2015 graduation ceremony, the Valedictorian failed to follow the guidelines established by the school. The initial draft of the student’s speech submitted for review was condescending toward the school and the student’s peers and included, among other things, ridiculing comments about faculty and students. The draft speech also included references to personal matters of a sexual nature. None of these topics are ever appropriate for a speech at a graduation ceremony.
In an effort to move forward, comments and suggested changes were provided. The parents were also notified that the speech required revisions and the deadline for those revisions. The student was asked on more than one occasion to provide a revised draft of the speech for review but chose not to do so. The student failed to abide by the pre-screening rules applicable to all students giving speeches at the ceremony. The Valedictorian further failed to follow guidelines of the evening by removing the sleeves of his graduation gown. The school provided another gown for use at the event.
At that time, in a conversation with members of board of directors and the student’s parents, it was decided to pull his speech from the evening’s ceremonies. This was done to protect the solemnity of the evening and to preserve and protect the mission of the school.
The school’s attorney, Barry Arrington, said, “First Amendment law in this area reflects common sense. As the Supreme Court has noted, everyone knows that in our society high school graduation is one of life’s most significant occasions, and a graduation ceremony is a time for family and those closest to the students to celebrate success and express mutual wishes of gratitude and respect. It is not a time for a student to use his commencement speech to push his personal agenda on a captive audience, and school officials are well within their rights to prevent that from happening.”
Twin Peaks Charter School is a multi-year winner of the Colorado Department of Education’s John Irwin School of Excellence Award. All students are known, valued, and challenged to achieve personal best.
BTW, nobody knows my sexual orientation and that’s how it’s going to remain. Far be it from me to risk boring my readers with TMI.
National Weather Service forecast. A shower lasting an hour or less is refreshing, but spare us the steady rain lasting for days!
Tonight at my campsite: Nathan’s Famous beef franks (fully cooked).