STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATE FORUM HELD

Update: Video added.

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By Terry Lehmann

cscope_logoJanuary 6th was an interesting night as the candidates for State Board of Education participated in a candidate forum at the 912 Meeting in Fort Worth.  It was a very informative forum because the questions were not prescreened and follow up questions were allowed.

The candidates for office are Eric Mahroum, Pat Hardy, and Lady Theresa Thomes.   Their opening statements told us a lot about the candidates.  Eric Mahroum stressed his desire to bring our schools to higher levels so that parents would not feel the need to pull their kids out of public school and put them in private schools.  Pat Hardy stressed that public schools are fine and doing well.  Lady Theresa Thomes used her opening statement to attack the other candidates with allegations of wrong doing.

common coreMuch of the question and answer time was spent on questions regarding CSCOPE and Common Core.   Eric Mahroum stated that both CSCOPE and Common Core are basically the same educational philosophy and both should be out of Texas Schools.  Pat Hardy stated that Common Core was a national program that didn’t belong in Texas schools because of the desire for educational needs for Texas students needing to be made by the Texas State Board of Education.  She did show a strong support for CSCOPE.  She did not see it as an educational philosophy but as a curriculum to meet the standards of education for Texas.  Lady Theresa Thomes was strongly against both CSCOPE and Common Core for their socialist content.

One question that showed the candidates real willingness to listen to parents was shown when a parent asked what the candidates would do to “clean up” Texas schools when it comes to special needs students.  She expressed some difficulties she was experiencing in her school district and how parents were not welcomed in the schools.  Eric Mahroum showed compassion with her and praised her for her efforts to raise a special needs student and said he would work with parents throughout the year to improve the schools.  Pat Hardy told the lady that she didn’t believe her and that she worked in the Weatherford school district and had a representative from the Aledo school district that would also say that doesn’t happen. (The lady with the question was not from the Aledo or Weatherford districts).  Lady Theresa Thomes did not answer the question with information related to the question but instead went back to the socialism being taught in CSCOPE.

While the question and answer session and the candidate statements were very informative, I also learned a lot by the actions of one candidate’s supporters who were brought by that candidate for the forum.  Pat Hardy had a table of educators and a school board member.  During the opening statements, they chose to loudly boo a candidate.  Granted, the accusations being made in the opening statement were not true or appropriate, but the action of yelling at that candidate showed a lack of self-control.   During the entire forum, this same table of supporters for Pat Hardy made snide comments about both of the other candidates that could be heard four tables away.  Their behavior was not only rude, but it gave the impression that this candidate is above everyone looking down on the constituents instead of working with the constituents.

Two things were learned from attending this forum.  First, all voters need to attend as many of these types of forums as possible.  It is a good way to get information on the candidates and find out how they stand on the issues you care about.  Second, if you are going to support a candidate, make sure your behavior brings honor to that candidate.  Don’t cost your candidate votes by your behavior.

The 912 group in Fort Worth is an excellent source of candidate forums.  They try and get candidates from all races to do the forums before the elections.

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5 responses

  1. Excellent report of the candidate forum. Thanks for the information.

  2. If you would like to SEE the attack that Lady Theresa Thomes did watch this video its near the end. http://jonathangrummer.blogspot.com/2014/01/sboe-11-candidates-opening-statements.html

  3. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    It is a cinch that Pat Hardy needs to be “retired”. Think TERM LIMITS on any and every vote this year, never mind the fact that Hardy gives a backhanded endorsement to CScope & CommonCore

    I do not have a problem with Ms Thomes raising the issues she did. Sounds like she will not play the “pattycake politics”, so prevalent in the country club “proper republican ” ideas………..hmmm

    here is Marhoums’ resume` – Eric Mahroum: Fort Worth native. BBA, American Intercontinental University. Began working in the hospitality industry at sixteen and was managing his first restaurant two years later. Has worked in managerial positions. Manages restaurants at D/FW International Airport.

    I recommend everyone home school, or at least private school their kids.

    “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

    – H.L. Mencken

    “Education — compulsory schooling, compulsory learning — is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can.”

    – John Holt, Instead of Education [1976

    “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil
    the harmony of the collective society which is coming
    where everyone is interdependent.”
    ~~ John Dewey ~~
    *

    “A tax supported, compulsory educational system
    is the complete model of the totalitarian state.”
    ~~ Isabel Paterson ~~

    Here is a quote from George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) of the socialist Fabian Society of England, who said, “Nothing will more quickly destroy independent Christian schools than state aid: their freedom and independence will soon be compromised, and before long their faith.”

    Karl Marx, wrote, “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”

    Lenin, concurred: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

  4. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    here is an interesting 7 minute video on ” education “-

    John Taylor Gatto (born December 15, 1935) is a retired American school teacher with nearly 30 years experience in the classroom, and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling, of the perceived divide between the teen years and adulthood, and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions….

    What does the school do with the children? Gatto states the following assertions in “Dumbing Us Down”:
    It makes the children confused. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials that programming is similar to the television, it fills almost all the “free” time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.
    It teaches them to accept their class affiliation.
    It makes them indifferent.
    It makes them emotionally dependent.
    It makes them intellectually dependent.
    It teaches them a kind of self-confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts (provisional self-esteem).
    It makes it clear to them that they cannot hide, because they are always supervised.

  5. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    This lecture and power point explains how Common Core is pure Agenda 21 and a gateway for privatization of the entire school system. It shows a shocking in your face conspiracy by the 50 State governors (National Governor’s Association) and CCSSO to create, copyright, and then sell by legal vote and enforcement Common Core State Standards to each State. Most important, it shows how this Common Core scheme cannot be done federally (per the constitution) and therefore must be created by agreement/treaty at the sustainable (agenda 21) state and local level. Finally, it shows the for-profit side where taxpayers will be funding computers and other Education products and services for every student in America – this is the public private partnership model (PPP). All this is happening through non-governmental organizations (NGO) while each local and State government simply rubber stamps

    On Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglZEZz_YcE&feature=youtu.be

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