Education Matters: In board election, common sense, open minds count Before

March 17, 2011

Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.

I tackle this week’s topic I must apologize for last week’s quiz.

There were a few glaring errors that a number of people pointed out to me and I’m feeling a little contrite, since I was trying to demonstrate that human intelligence still surpasses any and all technological contrivances that simulate our brains.

The answer I gave to the question, “Which of the seven was beardless?” referring to the Seven Dwarfs, was “Dumbo.” The answer, of course, is “Dopey,” which I absolutely knew, but for some inexplicable reason, I wrote Dumbo, the Disney elephant with big ears.


What can I say? I’m human. Senior moments aside, I’d like to turn to the local election on April 5, and specifically to the contest for seats on the Glendale Unified School District board of education. All the candidates deserve our respect and admiration for wanting to improve the state of our education and spend countless uncompensated — and often thankless — hours toward that end.

I’m no expert on any of the good people running for the board, but I’ve gotten to know some of them fairly well in their connection to our schools. I hope the voters in our community will take experienced leadership into consideration when they step into the voting booth.

There are daunting financial decisions facing our district and experience is going to be invaluable. We’ll need leaders unafraid to speak their minds, while at the same time remaining willing to change their minds after when new information comes to them.

Listen carefully to which candidates have common sense and which are absolutely, above all other things, dedicated to the education and the well-being of our children. We need a steady hand and wise counsel in the years ahead.

We’ll also be well served by any candidate with experience in the kind of technology that is envisioned to upgrade our district’s infrastructure. This is especially important if Measure S should pass, since some of the bond’s proceeds will be used to maintain a competitive technological edge over school districts throughout the nation.

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