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Vote in Victoria Civic / Municipal Election November 19  citizen engagement in local governance is critical for democracy.

I am running for School Trustee in School District 61 Greater Victoria in this upcoming election and ask for your vote.

A bit about my blog and site title: If you’ve ever read Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic never-out-of-date science fiction / dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451″, you’ll recognize the line that he used with  slightly different wording, placed just before the story begins: “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way”. Bradbury got it from Juan Ramon Jiminez, a Spanish writer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1956).Others have used this saying, among them Daniel Quinn in 2007.It’s an important thought.

Public education is fundamental to a free, open and thinking society. Books, representative of thoughtful inquiry and examination of perception and belief, as well as records of knowledge,  were burned in Fahrenheit 451. Public education stands against all that book-burning , both literally and figuratively, would destroy: transmission of knowledge,sharing perceptions, and critical and original thought and expression.

It is of utmost importance that citizens maintain a free, open and accessible public education system for all children and youth. Subtle and not so subtle shifts driven by the “market” mindset are already affecting public education. The “branding” of schools in “academies”, destruction of catchment area boundaries, and systematic underfunding of children’s education  are only three of the market / privatization strategies that are making British Columbia’s really quite glorious education system into a struggling seemingly problem-ridden public entity.

We need to take back this fundamental public good from the forces that are undermining it. We need people who will accept the public trust to protect a free education for all children. In the current political climate, we need people on the School District 61 Board of Education who will flatten the box and put it in recycling, never mind thinking outside it. Public education needs some writing sideways on the current lined paper that’s  given to try to write the story of children’s success.

I’ve been a student, parent of a child in school, a student again (and again!), and worked as  classroom assistant, and a public school teacher. All my life I’ve been associated with and a participant in public education.

I want to give back to an institution that is vital to each of us as individuals and to all of us as a society, and ask for your vote in Greater Victoria on November 19.

      “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” — Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]
  • Board meetings are held on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen / Songhees and Esquimalt people.