For the majority of Arizona’s more than one million K-12 children, public education is the backbone of their future. It is a sham that multiple groups are doing everything in their power to control the thought processes of the younger generation.
This reality is very disruptive to public education. Students, teachers, public school administrators and school board members should not be subjected to it Fahrenheit 451 Mentality that embraces censorship and a society that doesn’t read books, think independently, learn about history, or appreciate the beauties of nature. Dedicated school and district workers should not suffer the consequences of being terrorized by those who perpetuate fear mongering and lies.
As an eyewitness to this extremism and wickedness, I have observed that these angry education protesters show no respect or understanding for the countless hours teachers spend researching and preparing lessons so their students are knowledgeable in a competitive world.
It is time to support school officials and teachers who work in the most difficult circumstances in today’s world.
The questionable adults who attend school board meetings do not have good intentions. They engage in public comment, not to promote or improve education, but to propagate baseless conspiracies such as the Critical Race Theory (CRT). Nowhere in an Arizona public school system is CRT part of the curriculum.
To make a bad situation worse, these same people want to remove books while targeting Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and subjects that have enlightened students for decades.
Please understand, these people also refused to protect children during the pandemic. They yelled in a mob at school board meetings that students did not need to wear masks or be vaccinated, despite advice from highly qualified medical professionals, doctors and scientists, who endorsed both measures.
The only way to stop anti-education candidates is to VOTE for candidates who genuinely care about education and the welfare of all students. Teachers should be allowed to teach facts and not be intimidated to fictionalize history.
Take the time to learn more about the men and women running for school board positions. Unfortunately, many candidates are backed by anti-public education groups and profiteers like the Goldwater Institute, Turning Point USA (Charlie Kirk), Freedom Works (owned by the Koch Brothers), and Purple for Parents (Three Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board candidates). These national groups and their candidates openly advocate for the privatization of our schools through the defunding and use of vouchers. This measure excludes children with special needs from educational opportunities.
School board races aren’t typically high-profile or well-funded, but these groups have vowed to influence school boards and decimate public education. Rich millionaires and billionaires (Peter Thiel) will laugh at our taxpayer cents up to the bank. Please do your homework! Don’t just vote for a name or a party, but for a genuine person who you know genuinely cares about the education of all students.