Keith Rutledge

West Bonner County School District
Zone 4
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Candidate Responses

What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of education is to teach kids how to be life long learners and not indoctrinate them with leftist ideas
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
Rigorous academic instruction starts with curriculum that aids students to perform at age appropriate academic levels while eliminating indoctrination to maximize valuable class time.
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 an academic discipline built on the intellectual framework of identity -based Marxism. At its core it teaches racism because the founding father were white and some of them slave owners therefore racist.
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(SEL) is just the latest fad and is being interwoven into Common Core. I would not support any form of SEL.
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 teaching has no business being taught in our schools regardless of the reasons given.
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?
No. Sexual orientation and gender identity have no business being taught in school for any reason for any age. What's the point? More indoctrination? Any sex education for age appropriate kids must have parent and guardian consent prior to participation.
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?
Absolutely not! Again, whats the point?
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 do not support any mask mandate or any any other mandates concerning COVID-19. It is the parents sole responsibility when it come to these matters.