Below is an overview of my platform and beliefs as it pertains to the education process you will entrust to me as an elected member of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Each plank of this platform establishes the firm foundation necessary on which your child's education is premised, imparted and nurtured. It is past time to return to the basics of education in order to assist today's student to productively enter into an ever-changing world belief and economic system. Any questions, comments or concerns can be addressed by simply contacting me here. Please allow 24 hours for a response. Thank you and I look forward to serving you as member of your school board.
Accountability And Responsibility
Parent's have the primary responsibility for the education of their children in accordance with their respective values and beliefs. Educators are employed through and paid by taxpayers to ensure each child's education is taught and nurtured based on parental involvement and consent. Educators are not paid to determine what your child's education should consist of based on federal funding mandates, changing social trends or government intervention. Therefore I believe these elements to be essential as well as mandatory in ensuring educators carry out their duties as parental allies:
1. Students should not be provided with medical or psychological services without parental consent.
2. Students should not be subjected to intrusive and inappropriate questionnaires about their family.
3. Students should not be allowed to share such things like private diaries without parental disclosure and permission. Nor should these things be kept from parents.
4. Parental permission should be required for student to participate in non-curricular clubs and/or activities.
5. Parents should have reasonable access to monitor curriculum, including texts and materials used in class.
6. Parents should have reasonable opportunity to audit class teaching in a non-disruptive manner.
The finances of the school district should be managed for the benefit of the district's function and not for the benefit of special interests. Taxpayers deserve transparency and accountability from those entrusted with public funds delegated for the education of their children. Therefore I believe these elements are to be mandated and unquestioned:
1. There should be absolutely no "off books" accounting. The costs regarding funding of promised pensions, union involvement and/or other future obligations and/or projections should be included in every budget.
2. Bonds should only be used to fund long-term assets such as buildings and infrastructure, not taken to cover current expenses not shown in the current budget.
3. General prudent, cost-conscious spending policies should be followed, including but not exclusive to;
a. Competitive Bidding
b. Account Transparency
c. Conflicts of Interest
Education Not Indoctrination
REAL EDUCATION; NOT PC FADS
The Mission of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board as stated on their website is; "Preparing today's student to succeed in tomorrow's world." Unfortunately, in today's education system we are witnessing the transformation of our public institutions into social engineering indoctrination centers striving to create a Utopian collective society absent any individuality or creative incentive. Millions are spent by parents to put their children through college only to find their child's education is relatively void of any real learning of skills necessary to become responsible, productive adults able to think and act for themselves. Public education was established to afford every child the opportunity to discover their purpose and in doing so achieve their potential irregardless of their social and/or economic standing, religious or ideological beliefs or physical hindrances. This requires every student be equipped with knowledge and skills needed for life. Public education was not created as an instrument of indoctrination for assimilation into a government mandated social order consisting of ideological paradigms, religious beliefs or social trends that are contrary to those held within their respective family units. Therefore public schools should be held to a standard that requires;
1. Avoidance of political and subsequent intervention and/or compliance by state/federal government agencies or special interests that strive to circumvent American heritage in lieu of creating an imagined Utopian social order.
2. Rejection of the "dumbing down" of basic fundamentals of education through federally mandated implementation of scams such as the "Common Core" curriculum which strives to erase study and merit as the measure of academic achievement and replace it with testing and grading on a curve in order to instill a false sense of social equality.
3. A return to traditional methods proven to teach, nurture and enhance student comprehension utilizing such traditional methods as "Phonics" in language and "Order of Operation" in math.
PATRIOTISM IS NOT A DIRTY WORD
Theodore Roosevelt once said, "There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Teaching and encouraging children through the public education system to reject their identity as American citizens and instead embrace a perhaps well intended but deeply flawed ideological paradigms associated with collective globalism is not only wrong but treasonous. Our education institutions should strive to instill in its students pride in their American heritage, a heritage that is as inherently necessary to their existence and prosperity as the air they breath. The concept of American exceptionalism is perhaps the single attribute that inspired our Republic. "The Great American Experiment" - a label assigned by French nobleman and lawyer Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 and since recognized by world historians, validates our system of government as exceptional in that it was established by the very people it governs, operating under the terms and conditions of natural law based on the belief each of its citizens have rights and responsibilities to the preservation of civil society. Americanism is the belief in opportunity, not entitlement. Therefore public schools should be held to a standard that requires;
1. A balanced and accurate view of American history and heritage should be taught including the ideas associated with both evolution and creationism.
2. Lessons that include instruction on individual responsibility and accountability integrated with rights and privileges as American citizens.
3. An understanding of our founding documents which includes the intent and principles on which the framers of our Republic based their words.
4. Knowledge of those rights, privileges and responsibilities associated with the ownership of private property and free market trade on which our economic system was established and operates.
5. An emphasis on the student's identity as an American citizen rather than subjection and adherence to globalist paradigms and agendas.