School Board Part II
At the end of the last school year school board member Patricia Gordon wrote a letter to the editor of the Flier/Times (in the May 25 edition) opposing giving the student representative on the Board of Education full voting rights. In this very condescending letter Patricia Gordon writes: "I believe that board matters should be in the hands of those who have a background in decision-making (not just school matters) which will assist them in coming to rational conclusions." If our school system isn't providing graduating seniors with the ability to make decisions it is really a reflection of the current school board, including Mrs. Gordon.
I am a proud graduate of
's class of '96, and my memory of my peers is that they were thoroughly capable of making decisions. In fact, I remember many a discussion of school policy where my peers then were more aware of where the strengths and the problems needing fixing were than people who had spent less time seeing them day in and day out. Oakland Mills High School
Luckily, even though Mrs. Gordon managed to block the student rep from voting, we the voters can choose a person who just graduated to serve as a full member of the school board. Di Zou just graduated from
Glenelg High Schooland will be studying math and physics at the this year. He would bring to the Board of Education a knowledge of what works and what needs fixing from the insights he gained by going through the system and spending day in and day out seeing the actual results policies have. Universityof Maryland
He will also bring the tech skills to ask the tough questions and make sure the system buys technology that works rather than computer systems like the current grade-recording software.
As I mentioned yesterday several of the perceived front-runners in the school board race are severely flawed and I think do not deserve to get onto the general election ballot. Top among these as you can see above is Pat Gordon. You can read her full condescending letter to the editor here. I do not think anyone who is condescending to students should serve on the Board of Education. It is the Boards job to make sure students have the decision making ability to function in life. If by the time students are graduating seniors they do not have this ability to decide issues they have an intimate knowledge of from the activity that dominates their day to day lives, then the Board is doing something horribly wrong. For Pat Gordon to write that letter after nearly 6 years on the board speaks volumes.
Follow me to the next post for my case why Di Zou will be a great addition to the Board of Education: