Old North End
Licensed clinical social worker
Should D-11 school board members Eric Christen and Sandy Shakes be recalled? There's been so much disharmony on the D-11 board, and they seem to be the primary source of it.
Describe an ideal school board member. Someone who manages money well and is interested in working cohesively with everyone else on the board.
How would you assess public education at present?"Schools don't have the money to do what they need to do educationally, but one of the reasons is that they waste money.
For what should K-12 education prepare students? To survive and take care of themselves. To manage finances and make a living. It should include both vocational and college preparation.
High school teacher
Should Christen and Shakes be recalled? Absolutely. Christen has been exceedingly rude and done everything he can to get in the way of public education. Shakes has behaved childishly since being removed as president of the school board.
What is the role of a school board? To make sure the parents get the most possible for their money, but also to hear the expert voice of classroom teachers.
Assess public education. Teachers have gotten better at policing each other, and now that I'm near the end of a 28-year teaching career, we're doing much better at mentoring young kids coming into the profession.
What is the primary function of K-12 education? To make graduates lifelong readers and learners, make them ready to take on the duties of being a responsible citizen, and make them responsible to their community.
How would students of your generation have fared on CSAPs? We'd have done a little better. We were taught to be more active in our education. Kids today are passive, too ready to let others think for them.
East Library neighborhood
Describe the ideal school board candidate. Someone whose views are grounded in the three Rs and puts the emphasis on learning information instead of on building self-esteem.
What is a school board's function? To guide students intellectually and ensure their safety.
Describe the state of public education. They've gotten off track from the three R's. Too much emphasis and money goes into sports.
What should K-12 education prepare kids for? Success in a chosen field. Success in college.
How would kids in your day have fared on CSAPs? I have no idea. I've been out of that circuit for a long time.