Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The job of the press is to encourage debate.

In the interest of electing intelligent people to the Edmonds School District's Board of Directors, is exploring the possibility of hosting a debate among candidates.

We are not so foolish as to assume the District would support such an endeavor, so renting the school district board room is not an option. Other sites in the region will have to be explored. will request that members of the community submit their questions through our blog forum, where they will be compiled and prepared for the debate. A moderator will be recruited to help provide structure and guide the process along. The event will be videotaped and provided to our local television stations and/or SCAN for public broadcast.

Hopefully, with a bit of effort, we can elevate the standard of directors on the school board and work toward resolving the long history of poor choices. At the very least, we should be able to identify the deep thinkers and eliminate candidates enamored by cartoons like “Finding Nemo”.

Our school district has an operating budget of more than $180,000,000.00 annually and we deserve to have people working for our educational priorities instead of against them.

If this sounds like a good idea, or you would like to be involved, please let me know.


Anonymous said...

I think there are many readers (and contributers) to the blog who would not attend a forum presented by the Blog for fear of losing their job. Perhaps a group like the League of Women Voters would consider presenting the debate.

Anonymous said...

I'll be glad to help. I'll email you today.

Anonymous said...

If you fear expressing your opinion, that indicates that management needs to change. If you fear expressing your opinion, management has eliminated your best work; you have become irrelevent. If you fear expressing your opinion, management has destroyed the democratic values that our (and their, when you think about it) fathers fought for in WWII and we are supposed to be fighting for in Iraq.

If you fear expressing your opinion, you might as well work in a dictatorship: Cuba, Kenya, China, Russia, Iran.