Some will say education change can’t be done. When Neil Armstrong took the first step for man onto the moon, he could not have done so without the united team of innovative professionals who made the space voyage possible. It is the same for the giant leap for mankind which we need to make in education for future American generations. We need a team of innovative leaders with tunnel vision to block out the pessimists.
When Christians took over the Republican Party, the Democrats were faced with a difficult choice. Unlike the Republican Party, which had effectively become the “Conservative Right Wing Christian Party,” the Democrats had to appeal to a wide variety of voters. In addition to the aging hippies, social liberals, environmentalists, atheists, and other various progressives, they had to woo the great undecided middle. There simply were not enough progressives in america to carry an election.
You are a good example. You drove to work a few days ago. Did you learn anything? Probably not. You did not try to accomplish anything novel. And, nothing novel happened. But, an unexpected highway closure either leads you to turn around and go home or (more likely) do something new. Then, small or large, something will be learned. Maybe you will learn those functions on your GPS that you never needed before. Or, maybe you will ask a very good looking business man for directions and find that all nice looking business men are not necessarily nice. New experiences are very good at emerging a new want. Wants lead to trying. And, trying leads to learning.
When I was a child, I believed that the principal’s job was to terrorize everyone in the school. When you overheard the teachers speak of the principal during their playground duty, it was quite clear that they didn’t want to be in the presence of the principal any more than the children. It was almost like he was the head security guard that kept law and order in the schools. He was the “gotcha” man.
Fourth, we need to stick with our principles and run on clear policy ideas. Leading on aggressive policies like the “Open Books” forensic audit, transparency, school choice, property tax caps and gold standard ethics while talking about common sense solutions like balanced budgets and term limits, these ideas resonate across party lines. Sticking to our principles is how we made an unwinnable race a contest in which the Democrats had to focus all of their efforts and a ton of money. We revealed a clear distinction between the parties.
But the newspaper got the story only partially right. It was under Ms. Baker’s rein, together with the leadership of Board Chairman Tom Nida, which resulted in D.C.’s charter school movement being an example for the rest of the country to follow regarding education reform.
Vacation to parks and diverse natural places. It’s a wide, diverse world! It doesn’t have to be about golf, spas, roller coasters, and sports (not that there’s anything wrong with them!). See the mountains, beaches, plains, deserts, wetlands, badlands and forests. Try fishing, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, zip-lining, glacier walking, snorkeling, meteor crater checking, climbing into the rainforest canopy, and caving. Visit nature centers and museums. Many of these places have fine hotels and restaurants in addition to fabulous activities.
If you are like most progressive Americans, the answer is no. Maybe you’ve sent in five bucks here or there, or shared a clever Facebook post with all two thousand of your friends who have also not done a thing. The truth is, you haven’t done anything to try to move the Democratic party back to its more liberal roots. You haven’t even brought out your fiddle while your country burned. Until you have acted, I submit that you do not have the right to complain that the Democratic Party does not represent your values. If you haven’t given them a reason to listen to you, this mess is your fault.