Eighty percent of success is showing up.
— Woody Allen
A LOT has happened since the last Board meeting. What was simply a local school board dispute has caught the attention of the whole country, and parts of the world.
Because the battle we fight here is the same battle people are fighting everywhere. On the one side are those who feel that their vision and only their vision of reality should exist. They feel this way because they ‘know‘ what they believe is the ‘Truth‘ with a capital “T”. On the other side are those of us who feel that not only are there many visions, but that the world is a better place when people are able to learn about other visions and choose which one or combination of visions will be their guide.
Limited knowledge & limited choice versus a lot of knowledge & a lot of choice. That is what the Board meeting tomorrow comes down to.
In a perfectly fair world, the winning side would be the one whose view of the world works best. But as I have told my son, “Life is not inherently fair. It is people who make it fair.”
Are you ready to make the lives of our children, students, and next leaders at least a bit more fair? With choices available to them and the knowledge they will need to make good ones?
Or will you standby and allow those who cannot tolerate diversity in any form force those same students into narrowly-cast forms, warping and distorting reality to fit a bizarre utopian dream?
Patriotism, our kids have shown us, is not mouthing words and waving a piece of cloth, then going back to follow the unfair rules. It is standing up and fighting back when someone tries to force their view of the world on you. How can we do less?
Woody Allen got it right, at least for this meeting. Showing up at this meeting is 80% of this battle. Showing up to say to the people that think our kids are “Punks“, “pawns“, and “uniformed” that their narrow, twisted view of the world will NOT be forced on our kids without the political fight of their lives!
Come on, JeffCo! Tomorrow we keep fighting by showing up and making our voices HEARD!
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