It is great to see more and more parents speaking out about what happens in their public schools. Early this past week, I provided some stories about my home district of Lakota who expressed themselves over transgender policies that are part of the teacher union progressive political platform. Then, the mom from Georgia unleashed on her school board an excellent speech about removing the mask mandates. The video went viral and brought a lot of attention to the core problem; public schools are not our friends. They are not places of sanctuary and learning centers of intelligence. They are progressive re-education centers that intend for your children to be reprogramed. Government schools plan to reprogram our children. Your society has produced a hopeful lifeform growing up in a healthy community. Public schools want to destroy them into a collective goo of liberalism and dangerous thinking that will destroy our nation from within. They should all be prosecuted for their active role in that corruption. It’s one thing if these school board members didn’t know better and were just well-intentioned malcontents. But there is too much evidence, and it goes on far too often in virtually every public school in our government education system for it to be an accident. The destruction is purposeful. They intend what they do, and that makes it criminal rather than just innocent stupidity.
The mom from Georgia who unleashed her fury with her school board there had a good point. School board members may be frustrated that these young moms are grandstanding in their public speaking forums. I’ve known enough school board members from all over the place to know that school board members don’t come into their roles as corrupt activists for liberal causes. They seek election for those boards to help educate children and play a role in the goodness of their communities as they understand those roles in a “liberal” society. Most of us have been taught that public education is the first ingredient to a successful life and that children must at least stay in school to have a shot at life. That leaves a community member seeking importance well-defined criteria for doing something meaningful. And it’s not easy to be a school board member. Management is complicated and often not very rewarding. Most of the time, especially in a group setting, you leave at the end of a meeting not getting everything you want. An elected body expects disputes with other school board members at the meetings. But it’s hard to disagree with someone you’ve spent a lot of time with, and quickly friendships form. Peer pressure persists. Often, the platform a school board member ran on to get elected gets forgotten and is replaced by state mandates and teacher’s union expectations for progressive causes. And they end up being consumed by the system.
A couple of school board members from my district of Lakota, Julie Shaffer and Brad Lovell, are excellent examples of this problem. I know both of them from the beginning and am pretty sure they meant well. But in the vacancy of intelligence that should come with any leadership position, they have sought to cover their lack of ability with the national trend of radical leftism and masking it with a façade of caring for the district’s children in all the ways that are typical of Democrat politics. They profess to the voters that they are nonpartisan, that politics does not play a role in their decision-making process. But clearly, Julie’s role has always been appeasement of the teacher’s union as a radical mad mom seeking to throw resources at children rather than the hard work of leadership. I debated Julie Shaffer on WLW radio many years ago, and her pro-education views were significantly left-leaning, and she came apart fast while on the air. Recently she has been the advocating voice that has pushed the transgender agenda at Lakota. She didn’t have to, but she went out of her way to put her name on the controversial proposal. Lakota is in a very conservative area, so her actions do not represent the community that elected her. She argues that politics did not play a role in her decision, but the evidence says otherwise. So when a school board member knowingly does something harmful to children, such as adopting a liberal agenda that looks to be destructive to the education position of a public school, isn’t that a prosecutable offense? If you knew about a murder that was planned and you didn’t say anything, isn’t that still a prosecutable occasion? You bet it is, and she is guilty of these accidents. Knowing her, she knew what the transgender policy would do, but she did it anyway, to hell with what people thought. When pressed on the matter, she claims a lack of political partisanship and insists that what she is doing is for the good of all children.
Then there is Brad Lovell, a school board member who used to be a school administrator and is married to a current administrator who makes decisions as a couple who profits a great deal off the public education system itself. The biggest problem with him is that he is tone-deaf to anything that might disrupt the education structure, making it very difficult to have complex opinions about anything. Supposedly his conflict of interest is legal in being married as a member of the board to an active employee, but his actions show the real problem. He has shown no resistance to budget concerns and is always quick to desire to go to the public for more money. He would be well at home in the Joe Biden administration of deficit spending, and we can understand why. As teacher contracts continue to escalate in cost, administrators rise too in cost and make it a very lucrative scam for him as a school board member. He is clearly in the role for the social status it provides him. He has no interest in going against the political tide of transgender politics or taking a stand against Critical Race Theory. And in that neglect, he is responsible for the minds that time will prove to erode under the weight of liberalism. Rather than put community concerns over these matters first, he instead set his needs for income indirectly through his wife as a priority, which is why many of the parents of Lakota are becoming more and more frustrated. He doesn’t want to rock the boat because that’s his life through his wife. But they do; they want someone to care about these issues and to do something about them.
Those are just a few local examples, but every school district could tell the same story, leaving parents frustrated. Rather than listen to the Georgia mom who pleaded with the school board to remove a mask mandate from her child, the committee instead follows the liberal agenda, blames the CDC for the decision, and claims they have no power to do anything about it. They have done the same thing at Lakota, to limit the number of parents who can come to the board meetings and talk; they have used the excuse of social distancing to restrict attendance, citing that it is Governor DeWine’s orders they are following. Because school board positions are unpaid and pretty unsatisfactory otherwise, it doesn’t bring much passion for reform is needed to manage the district. Instead, they follow the liberal plan that comes with all public schools and sign their name without taking any responsibility for what happens. And in that way, for the many little lies they must tell while doing so, public schools should be prosecuted for the harm they bring community members for knowing lies they commit for political power instead of what’s suitable for children. And it’s time to get all that to an end, for our own sake.
Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior
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