What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
Educating children with the basics of reading, writing, science, history, math and social studies is such an important task. I would like to see more focus on the students actually learning those subjects as opposed to learning information to regurgitate for a test. The ability to learn and apply what they have been taught to everyday situations is paramount to their future success. A focus on that goal is what I believe the role of public education is.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I would like to have more of a focus on teaching children instead of teaching to meet a certain result on a test. Curriculum is a big part of that as is equipping teachers with the resources they need to do their job.
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?”
Critical race theory is leveling the playing field. Those who have gifts or talents in a certain area will have those gifts and talents stifled in order to build up those who may not have those gifts and talents. The goal is to equalize everyone. Participation trophies are a great example. What that teaches children is that no matter how hard you try it doesn't matter. Everyone gets the same. If you excel at something you will be stifled so that those who might not excel won't feel bad. Critical race theory is not teaching history. Critical race theory is teaching people to be ashamed of who they are and deny their God-given gifts and abilities. It teaches them to be ashamed of their race and who they are in God. This is wrong and it's not teaching history.
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?
Social emotional learning is the social engineering of a child. The goal is to turn them into a non thinking, conforming citizen. One that will do whatever the government says. I absolutely do not encourage social emotional learning in my school district. It is not the school's business to get involved in these areas. It is the school's job to teach children math, social studies, english and science. Social emotional learning is not something that needs to be in the schools
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?
It's very discouraging that our State Board and Department of Education is promoting this kind of garbage. This is our tax dollars at work, working against us to teach our children concepts and ideas which run contrary to our Constitution and everything America was built on. It is despicable that our hard earned dollars are being spent on teaching people how to manipulate, control and brainwash our children into believing these lies. I'm certainly in favor of people teaching kindness, respect and appreciation for people of all races, but this is not the way to go about it.
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?
This absolutely does not belong in the schools. These are discussions that need to happen at home with the parents or guardian. I don't believe any sort of sexualization of our children should be in the schools including sexual orientation and gender identity. Parents should absolutely be required to provide consent before children participate in any sex education curriculum at school. Doing so without parental consent should be unlawful.
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 think we are risking the safety of our students when we allow this. This is a recommendation that I think should be seriously thought through before it is implemented. I certainly have sympathy for students who feel this way, but don't think it's right to endanger the safety of other students because of that.
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?
Absolutely not. Masking, vaccination and covid mitigation strategies should all be a personal decision and not a board mandate. This needs to be left up to personal choice.