- It's a good idea for a school board to hire a search firm that actually does background checks of candidates
- It's a good idea for a governor to appoint a school board that acts swiftly when it's clear it needs to cut its losses
- It's a good idea for the governor to exercise his will over his own appointees
But listen to this somewhat less than perspicacious observation from the Courier-Journal:
It [the Erwin episode] leads one to believe the speculation that Gov. Fletcher was focused on appointing a board that would quietly share a right-wing fundamentalist school agenda, not one that could function properly.Huh?
To say that this observation comes from outer space would be an insult to extra-terrestrials everywhere. How could you possibly derive this observation from what has happened? In fact, how could you conclude this from anything the board has done?
The only action the board has taken that could be considered evidence for this thesis is its vote against a state education document that changed the traditional AD/BC dating designations to the secular CE/BCE last year. But the only reason they voted to do that was because they voted to approve it in the first place.
What other evidence is there that this is a "right-wing" board--in the Erwin episode or anything else?
The real problems with the selection of state school commissioners are these:
- The State School Board that appoints them is not directly accountable to any elected official
- There are few if any candidates available who are willing to shake up the establishment anyway.
The only thing appointing a new state school commissioner accomplishes is leading people to believe that the public education establishment is doing something meaningful when, in fact, it's just shifting chairs on the deck of the Titanic.