ID cards must be produced to get on Logan's
campus under the new security plan.
This morning, March 31, 2008, I watched on channel 7’s 11 o’clock news the New Haven Unified School District’s Public Relations person place the administration’s spin for the new security system by saying in so many words that the new “security system” was intended to make the James Logan “safer”. That unless students had a safe environment, they could not learn properly.
What he did not say was whether or not there were valid reasons for the new system. He did not say that it was a response to outsiders causing a concern about safety. He did not say that faculty and students felt outsiders were making Logan unsafe and interfering with learning.
Watch KGO-TV's coverage of the new security plan. Why not? Because if he had, he would have had to tell a bold face lie. So he chose to present the District’s case by leaving what was not true - that outsiders were making Logan unsafe - appear to be true by simply not saying it was so. He will let those who watched him reach that conclusion on their own. After all most people would never believe that a school district would take such a draconic approach as Logan has without good reason. That is known as spin - putting the best face you can on something that is not really smart or good in hope that those listening will take you at face value.
The only way the District can make a case for they are doing at Logan is to spin the the story as the PR person did this morning.
W. Dean Cozine is a veteran Logan Social Science teacher.