What Ideas Get Taken Seriously at
Emery School District?
Busting the Teacher's Union
Quashing Citizen Dissent
Preparing Students to be Good Worker Bees
The School District here in Emeryville has to play the role of editor. With all the various sundry and disparate ideas floating around for how best to teach our children, their job is to edit out the ideas not worthy of consideration and implement the good ones. This is Step One in public education policy. Unfortunately they've never publicly explained what they think constitutes a good idea but they've shown they know good ideas come from 'serious people' (with apologies to the economist Paul Krugman).... people like Emery Education Fund president John Gooding, a man they've put their stock in over the years. The School Board listens to John Gooding.
|John Gooding: Serious Person (on left).|
Serious people do things like present awards
to those who help disseminate serious ideas.
|Governor Pete Wilson:|
Another Serious Person
Illegal children should
not receive benefit of
a public education.
As the president of Emery Education Fund (EEF), John serves as the intermediary between the schools and the business community, accepting donations and after skimming off some for EEF expenses, doling out the remainder to the schools. He's thus has made himself invaluable to the schools in Emeryville.
John's created a nice little eco system with this formula (even as high level corporations have not been co-operating recently as they've scaled back their donations to the Ed Fund).
This serious man with his serious policy proscriptions for Emery is the same John Gooding who donated money to California Republican Governor Pete Wilson to help fight for Prop 187, the 1994 initiative that would have denied public education to the children of undocumented immigrants. It's the same serious man who brought his lofty position of Emeryville power broker to bear against the workers at Emeryville hotels by attempting to keep wages low and workloads harsh. He warned us at the time that if Measure C passed, if the hospitality corporations had to pay higher wages, Emeryville hotels would leave our town en masse, a prediction that has not come true...in fact a new hotel is opening in 2015.
Regardless of the Measure C loss (loss for the corporate forces, win for the workers), John Gooding has been a good lobbyist for his business clients. He's continuing to represent their interests now as he uses his powers of persuasion on the Emery School Board.
John Gooding is serious but he's wrong. The School Board is wrong. We'll risk a lawsuit from Mr Gooding (he's threatened us before) to argue for the real reason why we educate our children. Public school is meant not to produce compliant workers for corporations. Rather the proper role of public school is to create good citizens; adults who can think critically and who value the joy of learning.
These are ideas not associated with money, they're not forwarded by the corporate sector, they're not delivered by a serious man, rather they're embraced by what the Emery School District would characterize as the non-serious among us. But these are ideas we'd like to see taken seriously at Emery Unified School District.