What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
I believe the fundamental Role of Education is to prepare every student with the tools to learn and continue learning when they leave the educational system. I want every student to be successful in their own right and have something to offer their community and society.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
For promoting rigorous academic instruction and excellence; would start I believe, with supporting the teacher. The teacher is the most important model in the classroom. So I believe we should support her/him with any apparatus that would help achieve the instruction.
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?”
Can anyone give you a definition? I looked it up and found four different "nothings" from Harvard and other elite universities from back east.
History needs to be taught, a truthful history, according to grade level with continuity up the grades. History is not a divide and conquer today's masses subject matter. We learn history to help answer questions of how we got here and to learn from the successes and mistakes.
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?
In SEL I did get a vague definition, and had trouble finding models. I believe, again, that it starts with the teacher. He/she should be compassionate, a listening teacher and a watchful one in order to see what her classroom students need related to an SEL Term. Then, the teacher could "plug" into a reading or history lesson that would promote, compassion, understanding, self worth and encourage honesty.
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?
I believe teaching staff should be rebooted every year to our constitutional rights based on Christian and natural law. Depending on grade level the teacher can take the opportunity to incorporate it in their instruction. Adopting anti-racist practices and require training for teachers sounds like another way to bring in Critical Race theory to me. Prove it to me otherwise.
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?
Very simple it's not our job. So here is my answer to all: 1. maybe depending on what it includes 2. no, definantly not 3. yes.
I think Health should be a subject in middle school and High school. I'm not sure if it is or not at this writing.
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?
Thank goodness it's just a recommendation! If a high school student identifies as transgender let he/she use the bathroom at the office. It's probably not safe otherwise.
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?
Masks are proven to be more harmful than useful. Proper hygiene should be modeled and stressed for all students, ie wash your hands, keep them away from your face and cough into your arm or clothing.
I believe the latest update of covid protocols, recently stated in the news paper by the trustees, is something we can all work with. I would just request that each parent know what their child's normal temperature is.