Stop the secrecy
By Thomas Ferry
May 17, 2008
Regarding the participant that was just kicked out of the Kanayama
program, Mr. Worrell cites that some unthinkable negative things
have been said about the program in retalliation. This child
had supposedly broken some rules of commitment and safety set
down by the controlling committee. I, like many others would
like to know exactly what transpired to get this child kicked
out. As people gossip and retell stories, the truth sometimes
gets lost in translation on both sides.
What EXACTLY did this child do? Was the child warned? Did the
child violate another so called rule of commitment after being
warned? Was the child reprimanded? Were these reprimands signed
by the Kanayama officers, parents and the alleged child offender?
Did the alleged child offender understand that if the rules were
broken again the child would be kicked out? Are these rules applied
fairly to other participants?
Other people have been kicked out in the past and no rational
explanation has been given. Is there an appeal process?
I believe that many supporters
would like the process explained in detail instead of vague and
broad terms. I have heard a few reasons that are very vague like,
" she/he just didn't fit in", "she/he wasn't popular"
or "she/he just couldn't make friends". Sometimes groups
form without the grownups being aware of them and some students
are not part of those groups.
This child has been in numerous
plays, is a teacher's aide and does very well. And the child
missed two meetings with good reasons. Good grief, it's a wonder
anyone gets to go to Japan.
Perhaps the family can have a chronological detailed analysis
of exactly what transpired in this child's case.
Here is Mr. Worrell's chance to please let the family and participants
know once and for all, why did this child get kicked out?
Many people are mystified about
the silence and secrecy. The Kanayama board refuses to let anyone
speak at their meetings. There is not a public comment period
at their meetings and this is very foolish , if you want the
public's money you have to stop the secrecy. Some changes are
in order like when a young person gets terminated there needs
to be a written explanation backed up by documentation of signed
We will be waiting for your detailed answers in chronological
order. But I doubt seriously that we will hear from you or
anyone else from the ruling Kanayama board which just proves
this child's supporters are justified at being upset over this
child's unexplained termination.
Received May 16, 2008 - Published
May 17, 2008
support of the Kanayama Exchange By Tony Hatano-Worrell
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