Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Shakedown of Brooks' Views on Education Begins

PiTW's Bruce Barry alerts us to potential problems for Kay Brooks' service to the school board based on what seems to be a failure to understand, as expressed on her blog, how public schools actually function. He also points out that that she appears to favor teaching theology in science classes (a la the "theory" of intelligent design); and at a time when our students seem to be falling behind the rest of the world in the field of science.

Also, Brittney over at NiT passes on the following details for those who want to try publicly to direct questions to Kay Brooks:
The Metro school board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the board room, 2601 Bransford Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The nine-member board, including newly appointed member Kay Brooks, is expected to discuss the expansion of a student leadership program, the creation of at least one new academic course and student progress on key exams.

05/18/2006, 3:35 p.m. Update: I believe that it is entirely fair to judge a candidate for office by how she deals with criticism. Kay Brooks has left honest questions unanswered. And as of this afternoon she seems to have disabled the links portion of her Google weblog, which was operating this morning and yesterday. That means that links to other perspectives will no longer show up there. It's her weblog, so she is certainly entitled to do with it as she pleases. But District 5 is not hers and the School Board belongs to all of us, so on those posts where the subject is her new appointment, she seems to be doing what she can to filter out the more critical voices. That's not a positive sign of openness from a school board member and from a future candidate for the position in my opinion. [See correction below].

05/18/2006, 3:50 p.m. Correction: Kay's links have disappeared, but so have mine. So, apologies to her and to readers if this is another Google glitch rather than an attempt to purge criticism over at her website.

05/18/2006 4:40 p.m. Correction Confirmation: The links have reappeared. I stand corrected. Linking critical material is a plus for Kay Brooks.

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