Educated Guess: A School Board Member Reflects by Howard Good

By Howard Good

College board veterans and novices alike will establish with Good's wide-ranging stories of board carrier. The ebook presents information to these dealing with universal institution board concerns: university violence, censorship, public talking, price range cuts, citizen lawsuits, in

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If that is indeed the case, maybe vanity isn’t such a bad thing after all. Then again, considering the records of many long-serving board members, I’m not sure it’s actually an essential qualification for public office either. The later the hour, the worse the decision; or, after midnight, everyone’s an idiot. There was a rattling of tin cups at the last board meeting. One contingent of moms begged us to hire more aides for their children’s kindergarten classes, while an even larger contingent begged us to fund a JV cheerleading squad for their thirteen- and fourteen-year-old daughters.

The board of education and the district superintendent think music isn’t important for our kids. ) Ultimately, the program is saved, though not because the board restores funding but because great violinists like Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman stage a glittering benefit concert for it at Carnegie Hall. Despite the happy outcome, there lingers the afterimage of the board as the Osama bin Laden of education, dangerously out of touch with the community and willing to destroy children’s futures for budget reasons.

The Ramones show up at the school in person, triggering a riot that climaxes with the students burning down the building, an ending that presumably contained more laughs before Columbine and other recent explosions of school violence. Not all school boards in movies are as authoritarian as the board in Rock ’n’ Roll High School, but no matter what their political or philosophical leanings, all are portrayed as curiously ineffective. In Field of Dreams (1989),the baseball fantasy that made famous the line, “If you build it, he will come,” angry parents descend on a board meeting in small-town Iowa, demanding that the writings of a ’60s radical be banned from the curriculum.

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