I knew that Chula Vista Educators had just last week finished counting the votes after its second election in one year to choose a vice president.
I called them up this morning. A cheery woman's voice greeted me, "CVE!"
"I was wondering, who is the new vice-president of CVE?"
Without missing a beat, the woman said, "Peg Myers."
"I thought she was the president," I said.
Also without missing a beat, the woman said, "Yes, she is."
Clearly, this woman had a well-prepared script.
"Then who is the vice-president?" I asked.
I thanked her, and began to wonder why CVE is trying to pretend that Jim Groth is still president (he was reelected president in 2007, a few months ago), and that Peggie Myers is still his vice president (she was elected vice president a few months ago). Jim Groth resigned after a couple of months to take a seat on the California Teachers Association board of directors.
I must assume that Peggie Myers told the receptionist to try to hide the truth. Peggie Myers is a forceful advocate for hiding the truth. When she was CVE representative for Castle Park Elementary, she made it clear that teachers had to report to her any contact they had with me. She worked hard to make sure that the truth was kept under wraps about crimes committed at the school. But she didn't succeed despite tremendous effort.
Now Myers seems to think that by continuing to cover up facts that can not be covered up, she will avoid having to deal with the fallout from her past actions. She and Jim Groth and Monica Sorenson would be wiser to quit pretending, and simply apologize and repair the harm they've done.
Monica Sorenson, by the way, was a lawyer (though currently inactive), so perhaps she's had a lot of practice at hiding information. It would appear that this is what the teachers of Chula Vista want.
Clearly, CVE's culture of secrecy is hale and hearty.
And we wonder why young people grow up today without moral compasses.