I would really like to hear from folks who disagree with me. They may be cautious about commenting here on this blog. No one likes to feel like they have been shouted down, attacked, or had their integrity or intelligence insulted. So I would like to create a safe space for people who have another perspective so we can discuss these things in a civil, courteous, and respectful manner.
Towards that end, I'm going to try an experiment. Here at Save Seattle Schools, we delete spam comments and unsigned, anonymous ones, but it is not our practice to edit or censor comments for content. This is a free forum. On this thread - just this one - I will remove any comments that are not civil, courteous, and respectful. I want to create a safe space for people to disagree. We'll see how it goes.
In particular, I would like to hear from people who either support any of the School Board incumbents for re-election or support the hiring of Teach for America corps members as teachers in our schools. I know these people are out there. I want to hear from them and I want to hear their reasons for their positions.
I have heard some of their rationale and it hasn't convinced me, but maybe there is more that I have not heard. I have an open mind and I want to improve my thinking on these questions. I cannot improve my thinking if I do not challenge it. So, yes, this is selfishly motivated.
Please, if you have a view on either of these issues - or others - that is different from the one typically voiced on this blog, please venture forward with a statement - I will enforce civility on the comment thread. You can retain your anonymity by signing any name you like to your comment. I hope you will find the result to be worth the effort.