(NOTE: The thread about the behavior of a board member of a local government school corporation gave me the idea for this one so if you are not up to speed about that one, you can go here and I'll see you in about a month after you read up.)
So, let's discuss this situation from a different perspective:
If this situation happened with a board member in a private school, would it be possible for a thread to last this long? Even if there was no written policy that clearly covered the behavior?
My answer is no. I don't think a thread would last this long and I believe this because of the power of the marketplace.
It doesn't matter what the individual does after the initial criminal behavior or what other board members do. In all scenarios, there can be closure for everyone because of the freedom to choose.
If the board member refused to resign and the other board members remained quiet or supported her, then individuals who were voluntarily funding this school have one of three possible choices to make:
1. They can accept this situation and stay.
2. They can decide not to accept this situation and stay anyway and try to make changes.
3. They can leave and move on to an organization they consider to be more ethical.
No matter what choices individual funders make, I can't see a forum thread about it lasting very long at all.
If they choose to accept the situation, then there is of course no reason to post on a forum.
If they choose to not accept the situation but stay to try to enact changes, a post on a public forum could be possible as an attempt to get that change going but it certainly would not go on and on because at some point, energy would need to be spent in the organization itself to accomplish the goal. If they find they cannot get any traction, they will eventually leave and spend their energies on an organization that matches the ethics they hold dear.
Finally if they leave and move on, I could see the possibility of a thread started on a public forum, if only to inform other people about the situation, but I can't see it going on and on because at some point they would move on to more productive energies at a place of learning that matches the ethics they hold dear.
For me, this situation is an example where freedom can be a beautiful thing. For everyone. Too bad we don't have that in education.
How do you think this situation would play out in a privately funded school?
(edited to link to other thread)
Edited by Debbie, 07 January 2015 - 05:02 PM.