WHAT HAPPENED AT PIMA COLLEGEby Lyn Olsen on Jul. 15, 2012, under Education
“We lose our souls not only because we do evil things, but because we neglect to do good; the buried talent, the unmarked second mile, the passing by the wounded…condemnation follows because we did nothing.” (Fulton Sheen)
Certainly a very apt description of what happened at Pima College
I want to reiterate that the main reason for my blog is to remind the good employees of Pima College that not only are their good works appreciated but also more importantly that they remained steadfast in doing the right thing for our students….which they did because they never quit caring, so please don’t lose heart. The weeks continue with more stories told to me about the pain and hurt the good employees of Pima College have felt due to the wrongs they have suffered over the past eight years under this administration and this board.
Dr. Miles recently wrote employees emphasizing that an atmosphere of respect needs to be nurtured at the College based on the concept of do unto others as you would have them do unto you – I am not sure how well that is working…..
I am not sure how well for several reasons. First, would a person who is doing something wrong even know they are doing something wrong? Second, even if they did know it was wrong, would they care? Third, would they even know how to undo the wrong? Fourth, would they even know it was wrong? Fifth, would they want to apologize and make right the wrong because the cost could be high for them to do the right thing?
Lastly and perhaps most intimidating is that human nature dictates that people justify their wrongs, for people find it hard to do something they believe is wrong. One of the most common means of justification is to blame the victim, but this only further compounds the wrong because it discourages the perpetrator’s acknowledgment of the wrong and their desire to make it right to the victim. Without this acknowledgment, it means that the perpetrator will continue doing what they are doing and it is why people don’t usually change their ways, and perhaps why Pima College remains the same still. As the saying goes, is it not insanity to expect different results when you have the same people doing the same things and then you expect things to be different?
Regardless of whether the wrongs are righted or not, the consequences for the pain that many current and former employees and students have endured remain. College administrators who witnessed these wrongs against employees and students but did nothing to stand up against it are as guilty as those administrators who perpetrated it. There is a similar story of this culpability in the news currently where university administrators at Penn State hid the abuse by Sandusky. “The independent investigation into the Penn State child sex abuse scandal has revealed that a number of senior administrators at the university knew about two separate instances of misconduct by Jerry Sandusky but failed to act properly on the charges.” The administrators knew the whole time