July 29, 2012
I am driven by the principle that any idea becomes stronger when a larger gamut of perspectives is brought to the table. I volunteer with public education advocacy because our US system of local public school boards has fostered a wide range of curricula. *Contrast that to a school system based on propaganda, such as North Korea. *Compare that to a system of only private schools, where you must be wealthy to get an education, such as Haiti. I find both of those forces are gaining ground in Arizona: a push to narrow the curriculum by dictating, "All students shall learn, THIS," and a push to privatize schools so that the wealthy receive a great education and far too many students receive a sub-par education. In the virtuous effort to set high standards, we must be careful to not create propaganda. In the good effort to provide choice schools, we must be careful to not create segregation and lose the benefits of the melting pot that made the US great.
I ran for the AZ House to Make better jobs and schools. I still think the Maker Movement can be a big part of economic development. For other fun, I play with databases, websites, the piano, clarinet, biking, a few spoken languages, and gardening.