I'm very sad to hear this news. Thank you Mr. Berliner for all your generosity towards our community. It's been a Cornucopia not confined to your store. But I do cherish every memory of being in there discussing the merits of different discs and performances, seeing your eyes twinkle at every new possibility and subtlety. And I cherish every memory of the look on my students' faces when you told them what you experienced as a child younger than they. You will be deeply, deeply missed but never forgotten. It's Beethoven night on the stereo.
Efforts by Mr. Johnson and his supporters to explain this away as an instance of the culture wars, where his critics 'just don't like money and success' or don't understand that plagiarism is a way of doing business (not in the businesses I know about...), are just obfuscations of the basic axiom that should be at work here: the uneducated have no place in education, period. That's why he should resign more than anything-- the plagiarism is just a symptom of a more fundamental problem. If we continue to allow people like Dan Johnson into school boards or into the classroom, we will continue to have gaffs and cases of unsound judgment like this where people simply do not know or realize that they are doing something wrong, or if they do know it's wrong, not realize that they can be so easily discovered. Not only do they fail to see past, but they are not even aware of, the horizon of their knowledge (to paraphrase Nietzsche. Shwew, almost plagiarized there). However accomplished and generous he is as a person, the man is simply out of his element in a educational context, and frankly it's our collective fault that we weren't there at 4:56 pm to put our name in the hat instead of his. We current and former students of NHUHSD deserve something better than leaders who, instead of having a life-long passion for education and learning, feel that a school board is an extension of local business connections and interests, or that a high school is first and foremost a vehicle for a football team. In spite of our adults' foibles, though, as usual it seems like the kids are alright (The Who): kudos to the Arcata High students for using their education to address this issue directly and in a far more mature and intelligent manner than the very member of the school board who should be the exemplar-- do we all now see how important education is in our community?
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In Print This Week:
Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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