Thursday, October 13, 2005
Here's what Barbara Burns, a teacher and grant writer for Newton public schools, thinks about where Kansas education stands in the wake of the Corkins appointment:
Under the guise and rhetoric of "getting us back to the basics," ultraconservative leaders in Kansas are dismantling our state's education structure. From evolution to school finance to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the discussion of what our children need and deserve is no longer the focus. Educational directives are no longer being formulated in the arena of research, logic and progress. Facts, wisdom and experience are taking a back seat to individuals and groups robed in self-serving sanctimony. Conservative activists are shoving themselves into our lives.