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MI -- What can Palo Altans learn from the experience?
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by Alexis Hamilton, El Carmelo School,
on Jan 10, 2007
What can we as palo alto citizens learn from the MI experience? My most pressing question is how can we create a better "review process" that ensures a fresh supply of ideas and energy. This MI debate was so painful that we have burned out our most precious civic resources--Our Citizen thinkers and idea makers ...not to mention the toll that was levied on our PASUD staff and elected officials. For me one take away is that more information earlier in the MI approval process could have helped us circumvent what had become the MI crisis. As an early support of MI who developed reservations as the drama unfolded, I only wish I had done a better job figuring out a way to open the lines of communication between MI and the greater school community -- If only I could have designed a communication process that could have established a debate that was less acromonious and more productive. If only we could have fed this into the MI process before the armed camps were established. What does it take to get people engaged and interested before the fire is too hot to handle? Let's come up with a "review process" that doesn't burn out our best minds and our most exciting thinkers.