When I asked Ignacio Garcia if he had read the answers to these new charges, he said he had, but that "these were only preliminary finds and not as yet conclusions." So my next question to him was, "Since you've already waited 8 months, why not wait a little longer to see if there is any validity to the charges?" He responded, "The charges and penalties are not being imposed at this time." But this is only true, because I have a right to appeal the charges which tolls their implementation- something I should not have to do if there was not a preponderance of the evidence showing that I had done something wrong, which Garcia admitted there wasn't at this time.
I queried him on whether it wouldn't have been more reasonable to complete the investigation to ascertain whether I was in fact guilt of anything charged, since to hit me with charges with admittedly no reasonable belief on the part of LAUSD at this time that they were in fact valid was abuse of process, harassment, and a violation of my civil rights. Garcia responded, "I don't make the decision, we are not management, and my opinion in these matters is merely advisory. We leave this up to the principal."
My take away from this is that Principal Seary can do whatever she damn well pleases and LAUSD Staff Relations will back her no matter what. Being the social studies teacher that I was, my mind related this to the Russian mobilization plan at the beginning of the First World War. Once they started to mobilize against the Germans (you know Isenberg is a German name), they could not stop without leaving themselves vulnerable to invasion, because the railroad tracks, once occupied with trains pointed in one direction could not easily be backed up. With all the trains carrying troops and supplies the tracks were blocked. To stop the mobilization would have left them open to invasion.
At some point in this mobilization, the German Kaiser Wilhelm II called his cousin the Russian Czar Nicolas II (related through Queen Victoria of England) to apprise him of the fact that he didn't want war. Czar Nicolas II immediately got on the phone and called his chief general at the front to tell him to stop the mobilization. The general pulled the phone from the wall and later swore that he never received the phone call.
LAUSD's top/down model functions in the same unidirectional siege mode that L.A. Times Reporter Michell Landsberg analogized to a MASH triage unit during the Korean War. They don't know how to think or negotiate, only blindly defend the miscreants within LAUSD no matter what they do. Independent of my own personal problems with LAUSD, this is not a model for successfully running a school district or instituting desperately needed reform and after generations of this failed process, it should be clear that someone needs to intercede to change this clearly way of doing business.
The entropy that leads to totalitarianism and the blind obedience it requires only comes after a long time of allowing the toxicity of ignorance to remain unchallenged. Failed public education has now lasted so long in Los Angeles and elsewhere throughout the United States that it is clear to me that the people like Ignacio Garcia, Janet Seary, Janice Davis, David Vidaurrazaga, Jim Morris, and Ramon Cortines are products themselves of this failed public education system and as such do not have the rational thought processes necessary to understand something as straight forward as what it really takes to educate students or what it means to respect my constitutional rights under law. They must content themselves like Superintendent Ramon Cortines with statements like, "My main concern is that the students of LAUSD get educated," when rational, honest, and dispassionate examination of what LAUSD does would tell him that what he and his acolytes are doing actually precludes this goal.
It is up to teachers, students, and parents to get the cajones to finally make these fools pay for their crimes by making them an offer that they cannot refuse or continue to ignore. This does not require sending Luca Brazi to visit them, but rather for teachers, students, and parents to come to the realization that Cortines and Co. function because the majority that wants better is too cowed to stand up. When all is said and done, I'm still standing and will remain so until these people are gone. Whether I am right or wrong, I have felt a whole lot cleaner in the last year and have recaptured the idealism of my youth, which is a better way to live than the way most of you are living under the continuing reign of terror at LAUSD. If we only get one chance to go around, can you honestly say that this is the way you want to live your lives?