My posts regarding my meetings with 2018 Howard County Board of Education candidates kicks off with my impressions following meeting candidate Sabina Taj, which occurred late last week. For those of you who want to read about her candidacy beyond my post, you can see her campaign website to learn more or to join Team Taj! (BTW I love how everything is "Team whatever". And by this post, I am announcing my own team, "Team Taser Nazi Racist Garbage A--holes in the Face!"
I had the pleasure to meet Sabina late last week and I was most impressed with her plans for her term on the Board of Education, should she earn election in June and again in November. My key takeaways are two things that she would make her priorities; and OK, she has other priorities (see the website!) but these were the two that were most important to me.
First was to end the segregation that exists in Howard County schools, and in so doing, go a long way towards ending segregation in Howard County. What, think segregation doesn't exist in Howard County? How comfy is that rock you've been living under? And the dimensions of segregation that do exist are many and varied-- ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, gender-- it's just that some people choose not to see them. Hell, I don't see all of them, all the time. But they do exist and whenever someone starts talking in code about not bringing in people from certain ZIP codes into their wonderful pristine school district, or prattling about property values going down because of there being so and so many FARM students in a district? This is me talking, not Sabina, but I call that segregation. I think she would call it that too.
And the second priority that really spoke to me was her call for educational innovation throughout the county. For example, why not establish high school academies all over the county for students interested in certain pursuits? They could be based among certain trades, maybe an academy for coding and cybersecurity or other IT areas, maybe one for visual arts, one for music-- not substituting current curriculum, but using our resources to prepare students for Juilliard as well as Harvard as well as HCC as well as no college at all. I think the possibilities of this are endless and that some really cool, groundbreaking stuff if Howard County devoted its resources towards this endeavor.
And as to resources, during our conversation we were both stupefied as to how any Howard County child could want for anything, given the resources that exist here. So I believe that Sabina would look for ways to make sure that each and every child in the HCPSS had every educational need met that could possibly be met.
I am planning to sit down with the other candidates (including whichever of the sitting School Board members file) and chat with them over their plans, but I was very happy that my series of meetings got off to such an interesting start! I urge all of you to check out the website of this very energetic and forward thinking candidate!
Let's be careful out there.
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