Transparency is the only way to build and sustain public trust. From hiring processes through curricular changes, parents and taxpayers should have easy access to complete information, and no initiatives should take place in secrecy.
A board member is accountable to all Rye City residents. To represent the interests of the broad community, a board member has the obligation to ask questions, look 'under the hood', probe when needed, and object when appropriate. Thinking independently is a job requirement.
We all agree there is no room for racism or any other form of discrimination at our schools. However, genuine inclusion efforts should not be tainted or driven by ideologies that prioritize certain groups over others.
Currently, the largest group in need of inclusion efforts is that of children with special needs, who make up 12% of our student population.
This new 'orthodoxy' currently dominating K-12 schools across the country—built on the premises of privilege and grievance—are known to cause psychological harm to all children. These methods sow division and erode children's faith in themselves instead of making them feel empowered. We need to focus on our common humanity and strive to move forward together.
It is not the school’s place to push any particular ideology to students, be it political, religious, or cultural. Our community is diverse in their views--we are all taxpayers and our schools have to work equally well for all families. I propose clear, safe and easy methods for parents to raise concerns if they feel lines have been crossed, and we must demand accountability on this front from teachers and administrators.
Educational excellence can only exist with critical thinking. Children can only develop critical thinking skills if they are free to raise hypotheses, access and contrast viewpoints, and question anything and everything.
I am highly aware of the political, ideological and cultural trends impacting the education of our children, and they are a threat to rigorous thinking and therefore their education. From Math through Humanities, we should demand education that is is based on data, evidence, logic and facts that have been empirically validated.