Brad Bowen

Mountain Home School District
Zone 4
Email Address:

Candidate Responses

What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
Equip students with the knowledge they need to help them understand the world
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I believe a local incentive program with recognition and maybe monetary prizes
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
CTR is the idea that racism perpetuated by whites is the cause of all the problems non-whites have or have ever had.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
SEL is nothing but a vehicle for CRT. I would not.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
This is nothing but white shaming and an attempt to cultivate activists out of students. No, they shouldn't.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
I support Reproductive system learning and education only. It should not. Yes, they should.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
If unisex bathrooms/locker rooms are not on option, they should use the facility of their birth gender.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
No, mask mandates should stop now. I support any policy which has been proven effective AND does not disregard the freedoms that the parents, students and faculty should retain.