I along with 60-plus other Frederick County citizens had an opportunity Saturday to meet with and hear eight primary candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education. The nonpartisan event was sponsored by the Source AM1450.
Among my general impressions, after a two-hour expertly hosted and moderated event, was that the county is indeed fortunate to have a number of diverse and skilled candidates who have stepped forward for this major four-year task.
In my opinion, while most of the candidates have a good understanding of what their responsibilities will be as our elected representatives to the BoE, a couple of impressions, based on candidate comments and responses, are that there are individuals who have personal axes to grind for whatever reason. In particular, the word “control” seemed to come up often with a couple of candidates. The word seemed to be more in context of personal experiences or regarding dictating course content, home schooling and charter schools — all of which should be discussed. But using the word “control” as much as some did reminded me of historical uses where such words were really more of a dog whistle than of real substance.
Over the next several weeks, I encourage more of our citizens who want their children’s or grandchildren’s educational opportunities to be the best possible to be attentive to sort out those candidates who will more likely be positive, constructive and willing to work as team, and less concerned about “control” and axes to grind.
Point of Rocks