I want to know specifically how you feel about Prop 8.
The short answer is that I am in
favor of Proposition 8. And I honk my horn and wave at
people holding up signs in support of Prop 8. Now, what
really burns my butt is that we have to vote on this again.
This was already on the ballot, voted on and decided by the
voters. Then, four justices feel they need to overturn the
will of the people and we get to do it all over again. What
a waste of money.
What are your thoughts on teachers and
tenure? Do you believe this is a fair system?
I believe that no matter what job
you have, you need to earn that job each and every day.
Tenure rewards longevity at a position and provides certain
protections. That's not necessarily a good thing all the
time. While a wizened educator can share a wealth of
knowledge and past practices, a younger teacher may have the
benefit of knowing new methods of teaching and may be more
likely to think outside of the box.
Is it fair? I don't think so. It
really restricts school administration if you have to deal
with teachers who if it weren't for tenure, wouldn't still
I would like to know where
you stand on two issues: SB 777 and Prop 4
While I don't really see Proposition
4 as an issue that pertains to a school board role, it does
touch on the fact that kids are involved. My own personal
feeling is that if a health care worker is going to be
touching my daughter, in any way, I want to know about it.
So, I am in favor of Prop 4.
SB 777 is a stickier mess. On the
outside, it tries to clarify some discrimination issues and
supposedly make the law clearer. I do believe in tolerance
of others - whether it's religion, lifestyle, or sexual
orientation. However, there's a lot of controversy about
this as to how far this bill will go. Much of that
controversy seems to be taken out of context or blow out of
If it is just to help reduce
discrimination, yes, I'm for it. However, if it's
misdirected and does more and erodes 'family values' to the
point of what the scare-tactics say about not being able to
talk about "mom" and "dad", I'm against it. And this is one
of those bills that seems to be so nebulous it could almost
go either way.
In a overall sense - I've had a
traditional upbringing. I have many of the "common,
traditional" beliefs. Yet, I feel we need to be tolerant of
those who are different than us. However, do I want that to
become the norm? No. I still want to see traditional values
taught in school.
Do you agree with
comprehensive sex education, or do you think that abstinence
should be taught?
I feel there is a certain component
of sex education that should be taught in schools. But it's
more along the biological aspect - what happens, how, the
processes involved, etc. Part of this education should also
be methods of birth control. As far as I know, the ONLY 100%
effective birth control is abstinence and yes, that should
be taught (and hopefully practiced).
handing out condoms is wrong and sends the wrong message to
Would you seek to ban the public
displays of affection between students of any sexual
While some may say "kids will be
kids" and the kids will yell it's not fair and we're
stepping on their 'freedom of expression', something should
I've seen some of these "displays of
affection". It's over the top and makes many people -
students, teachers, parents - very uncomfortable. It's not
appropriate at school.
The question is - where do you draw
the line? Can the students hold hands? Arms around each
other? Hugs? Kiss? And when you bring up the possibility of
"any sexual orientation", even something as innocuous as
holding hands can be offensive and therefore disruptive to
I don't think a complete ban on any
affection is appropriate (or enforceable). And in today's
culture, we do have to be a bit more tolerant of people who
are not "like us".
I would support a policy that has
some provision for "basic" displays of affection - but well
short of what goes on these days. Maybe we need a "three
second rule" for hugs and embraces. That would allow for a
celebratory gesture or familiar embrace, but not allow the
overtly sexual behavior.
What color socks are you wearing?
- Right now, I'm barefoot. However, when I do wear socks,
they're usually white (Yes, I just put this in here for now
until I do get a valid question!).