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Oblivious: You would think some professional educator would notice

Meantime, in the local Clark County School Board races, voters opted Tuesday to reject the candidacies of experienced, well-informed reformers (former high-school principal) Ronan Matthew and (current school administrator) Edward Goldman, in favor of candidates backed by and thus virtually guaranteed to do the bidding of the teachers union, those victors being the daffy and quasi-literate Deanna Wright, and the current head of the district’s “diversity” office (I kid you not), Linda E. Young, who ranks “knowledge of the subject matter” only the seventh or eighth most important criterion for choosing teachers, far behind such touchy-feely stuff as “the ability to form a good relationship with the child.”

For six years, I’ve been voting at the Ernest May Elementary School at Torrey PInes and Mallard. For six years, I’ve walked past a laminated sign pinned to the bulletin board outside that school’s little cafeteria and “Multi-Purpose Room,” where voting machines are set up. The sign warns children that “Absolutley” no food may be taken from the cafeteria. In the past six years, I presume scores of “professional educators” chosen according to Ms. Young’s dysfunctional criteria have walked past that sign thousands of times. Not a one of them has ever said, “Hey, we’re supposed to be EDUCATING young people, here. How about setting a good example? Don’t you think we should exchange that sign for one that spells ‘Absolutely’ in the more traditional manner?”

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