Why does RVSD refuse public dialogue?

Why does RVSD leadership consistently refuse public dialogue, mediated community debates or legal mediation?
For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions.

-President Barack Obama | January 10, 2017

In his final address to the nation, President Obama highlighted the need for engaging in dialogue and hearing differing points of view. Referencing the disturbing trend of college students protesting speakers whose views they dislike, the President called it “a recipe for dogmatism.” The President pointed to the need for all of us to recognize the psychological confirmation bias that prevents us from seeing any possibility of validity in dissenting perspectives. “Increasingly,” he said, “we become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that’s out there.” 

According to Columbia University Leadership and Ethics Professor Katherine W. Phillips, interacting with a diverse group of people leads to “better decision making and problem solving. Diversity can improve the bottom line of companies and lead to unfettered discoveries and breakthrough innovations. Even simply being exposed to diversity can change the way you think.” She insists, “this is not just wishful thinking: It is the conclusion I draw from decades of research from organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers.” In fact, she and her colleagues found that when preparing for conversations about disagreements with people who are politically different, we work harder than when we do when preparing to discuss disagreements with those who are politically similar. In other words, bridging divides encourages people to work harder, and produces better results.

In order to solve any problem, the one sine qua non is dialogue. Helena’s founder and CEO instinctively knows this. At the core of his membership group, he told me, is the belief in dialogue between diverse thinkers. Through Helena, which does not promote the interests of any government, corporation, or political party, nor does it espouse or endorse any political, economic, or religiousbelief, Elkus and partner Samuel Feinburg convene a diverse group of thinkers in dialogue, fellowship, and common purpose. Together, they have produced a number of philanthropic projects including the recent Helena Prize, which successfully united leading climate scientists and corporations behind an effort to address climate change.

According to Elkus, members “hold very strong, frequently diverging beliefs. But those beliefs are not intractable. Our purpose is to arrive at solutions to big issues collectively, even if it means our own arguments have been proven wrong.” The process of solving problems and implementing solutions, he says, “necessitates forming a community” of people who hold diverse viewpoints and need to work together.”

artwork created by Pamela Paresky
 

Read the article in Psychology Today by  Pamela B. Paresky Ph.D.

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Anon
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Anon

Every single invitation denied !
It should be against policy to not invite engagement ! It’s the pitfall of our school district and it’s gettimg harder and harder to climb out of . Leaders that lead alone .
No good.

Sandy B.
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Sandy B.

Anne and Anne’s hit man, Rick, want to destroy RVC. It’s that simple. And they have NO restraint on spending to accomplish that end. By creating and nurturing Stand they’ve been able to distract the public from the FACT that they don’t even discuss how much district money they have and will commit to destroying the Charter.

StanDistrict Owns This
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StanDistrict Owns This

No vision, no plan, no apparent focus on building anything. Just tear down stuff other people’s built. She Who Must be Obeyed and He Who Does Magic will drive the district over the edge with a crowd gathered around cheering them on.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Anyone have any idea why Stand is spreading the inflammatory lie about RVC suing the district again by asking the judge for clarification – but Anne Capron isn’t sending a tsk-tsk letter correcting them for promoting false information and rumor -mongering? Gee I wonder.

Ned
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As long as it suits Anne’s purpose (keep churning up drama around RVC), Anne will stay mum.