Opening up the comments section for blog posts is both exciting and intimidating. It will be exciting to interact with readers on various education policy and news items. It is a bit intimidating due to the time requirements that may be involved and the tact required to maintain guidelines for an online conversation. Obviously I don’t want to create more stress in my job than already exists :). Online conversations and debates are useful, but can only go so far in creating consensus and progress.
Below are a few guidelines I’ve compiled by looking at other similar blogs and using our existing board policies. Please note the following:
- profanity will not be published;
- complaints about specific personnel will not be published;
- complaints about specific public officials in our state or federal government will not be published;
- offensive comments targeted at racial, ethnic or political groups will not be published;
- spam comments that are clearly off topic will not be published;
- student names will not be published;
- complaints about school policies or practices will be published but will not take the place of the formal complaint process outlined in CRSD Board Policy 1312;
- insinuations and false assumptions regarding motives will not be published;
- debate will be allowed within civil and respectful individuals;
- CRSD personnel maintain the right and discretion to review and publish comments based on our judgment;
- Links to other internet sites are not endorsed by the CRSD.
This blog endeavors to inform, educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas. The views, opinions and information contained in posts and comments do not represent formal action by the Copper River School District Board of Education. Their opinions and values are best expressed by the action taken at formal board meetings each month. You can access the agenda and minutes of Board Meetings by clicking here. The public is invited to provide comments on agenda and non-agenda items at the beginning of each board meeting.
I enjoy a robust conversation, so I plan to encourage, not limit, the conversation as much as possible. Much like letters to the editor and the opinion pages in national newspapers, online communication is not an effective conflict resolution strategy (hint hint KTUU and GCI). Ultimately, I hope the online dialogue sets an example for our students of a deliberate conversation by people with varying opinions. If we don’t set a positive example of the civic process, the evening news shows will.
If you have any feedback, ideas, or suggestions regarding guidelines for a school-district sponsored online conversation please share them in the comments section below.