What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of education is to learn from the past and then to create a better future for our families and society. This is accomplished through the basics: English, Math, Science and now Technology. The core component must be TRUTH. Education has always started at home, as the foundation. There is a wealth of knowledge our elders possess that is currently being neglected or shunned. The school system should be a support system to family teachings, not the only avenue of information.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I would promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in my school district by phasing out of programs and techniques that are consistently failing, regardless of the “status quo”. There are many successful educational techniques within the US and world that could be duplicated. Also, I would promote more public input and support as a “call to action” in protecting our children's rights and future. Our school district needs some drastic changes in order to raise the many substandard test results.
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?”
I define the current CRT as a regression from social progress our nation has overcome by instilling a belief that all white people are racist and oppressive, and that all people of color are lifelong victims of oppression. I do not believe CRT should be taught in our schools as it is currently being pushed. This narrative is driven by those that want to divide America. Social and cultural anthropology are great topics and have a wealth of information about how empires are formed, collapse, and how throughout history, and on every continent there have been oppressors and oppressed. These are topics for more mature audiences and require a neutral setting for discussion.
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?
I think Social Emotional Learning is a new curriculum that sounds positive and important at face value, and seems like an instrument to help children learn and understand empathy and social cohesion. I would NOT encourage SEL in the school system because it over steps the role of an elementary school whose sole purpose is to ensure basic academics are taught. Also, this program can come in direct opposition to family morals and ideals which can be confusing to young minds.
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 would dismiss the State Board mandating anything in our community. Far too many committee and board members, in all parts of our community, have coward to following what the Federal Government has stated or State mandates try to impose. Just because a law is passed, does not make it the right option for our community or our youth. We are losing our Nation and heritage because good people will not stand up to evil intentions. No one should be forced to do anything by our institutions.
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 think sex education is important. We live in a hyper sexualized society with technology that allows young kids access to pictures, movies, and topics that were not possible for any other generations. The class should be for parents and the student together, possibly as an after school event, with only scientific information. Male and female, how babies are created, and the development of the fetus until birth. I do not think that gender dysphoria has any place in a scientific classroom. Gender dysphoria is a topic appropriate for a psychology or philosophy class. I think parents should be given the complete curriculum of their child's classes as well as the ability to give consent on ALL topics that their children will be taught. These are OUR children, and OUR schools. Parents are starting to learn some of the social constructs and ideology being introduced to their children. We are seeing a wave of very upset parents criticizing school boards for content that the parents are not wanting their kids to be a part of. This is a direct reaction to a lack of control of information and transparency within the parent/teacher relationship.
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?
I oppose, very strongly, anyone wanting to use a bathroom or locker room of the opposite sex they were born as. I do however, support a separate bathroom, or port-a-potty for all those that are not sure which sex they belong to. This gives everyone the privacy, dignity, and safety they deserve. I also strongly oppose trans athletes competing against those of the opposite sex as they were born. Those wanting to become trans, and wanting to compete as such can create their own trans athletic programs. This would be safer and fair for all athletes.
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?
I strongly OPPOSSE any and all mandates for Covid. I think that this is an opportunity for people to have the freedom to protect themselves, how they see fit. To watch videos of band students with holes in face masks or operating in a literal bubble, and athletes wearing masks while competing is ludicrous and dangerous. This should not be tolerated, regardless of when and where a mandate comes from. As the adults, we need to protect our rights, the rights of our kids, and also be role models in analytical and critical thinking. Freedom is always the answer in America.