In Part I of this mini-series, I highlighted the things that weren’t happening in Minnesota schools. In truth, I couldn’t have written that post without the information in Rep. Dean Urdahl’s op-ed. In Part II, let’s dig in further into other things that the MSBA is pushing.
Rep. Urdahl is exactly right to highlight the fact “that one of the MSBA’s top agenda items is to gain the ability to continue levy referenda by a majority vote of the local school board, instead of putting that vote before the people. While crying for local control, the MSBA is asking to remove the ultimate local control, that vote, from residents statewide.” Talk about talking out of both sides of their mouths. Apparently, the MSBA wants parental control except when they want school board control of finances. If you think that doesn’t sound consistent or principled, leave a comment below.
Honestly, that’s the type of duplicitousness that should fire up parents to throw these bums off their school boards. Shame on these parents if they don’t take action. This is the opportunity to not get ripped off with their property taxes and to provide the education that their children need. Would these parents prefer that their children get trained in activism or get indoctrinated rather than get an education that will make them indispensable leaders of their communities?
Thanks to Rep. Urdahl, we’re getting this early warning:
Next session, the MSBA plans to double down on its campaign against civic education. MSBA officials want to no longer have to offer the civics test. This crosses the line from passivity to enmity regarding civics. Testing conveys a message; we care about what we test. Eliminating the test implies MSBA doesn’t think civics is important. In Minnesota, it should not be about the number of tests, but rather, are we testing the right things.
The foundation of Minnesota’s success in the 1970s was that students were taught the important things that would make them leaders. Based on this information from Rep. Urdahl’s op-ed, it isn’t a stretch to think that this generation of students will be taught how to be activists instead of being taught how to be chemists, journalists and other CEOs.
I cannot overemphasize the fact this is a crisis with dire consequences for the future if we continue to diminish the building blocks of our nation. Some of our school districts do a fine job with civics. It should be consistent across our state. Civics should be taught in some form in all grades, but especially to high school juniors and seniors who will soon be voters and are ready to learn the subject.
Amen, Rep. Urdahl. Right now, we have a U.S. Senator who thinks that the legislative branch gives orders to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. HINT: She’s currently running for president as a moderate from Minnesota.
Let’s get on the phone with our legislators. Let’s tell them that we want students to be taught about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Let’s teach our students the things that’ve helped make America the greatest nation in the history of this planet. Let’s spoil the MSBA’s activist agenda. It’s time students were taught important things before they got to college.