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Recent events in Virginia have demonstrated the high cost of having school boards dominated by radical left wing board members. In supporting such school boards, Democratic gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe recently opined that parents should not have a voice in determining what curricula is taught their children. This occurred in a context where parents in Loudon County were objecting to courses teaching racist Critical Race Theory concepts.

The parents of Loudon County are not alone: a Manhattan Institute survey showed that 66% of parents, in the 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas, including 73% of white parents; 61% of Hispanic parents; and 54% of Black parents, oppose teaching CRT, including such concepts as systemic racism and white supremacy.

Parents also were opposed to letting transgendered students use restrooms that did not conform to their biological sex. When a father wished to inform the public at a school board meeting that his daughter had been raped in a school girl’s restroom by a transgendered skirt wearing biological male, he was taken down by the police. The Board told the public it knew of no assaults in bathrooms. In fact, the district transferred the same transgendered biological male to a new school, where he raped a second girl in a girl’s restroom.

Certainly, compassion should be extended to transgendered students, but not to the extent of risking the safety and privacy of female students or, for that matter, of subjecting female athletes to innately unfair competition against biological males.

We need rational school board members who will not be taken in by wild theories in determining curricula and other policies. From talking to her, I can see that Patty Sereg Alexander, a former teacher, is a level-headed person with traditional values. She will respect both parents and teachers. She will be a great school board member.

From his campaign literature, I can see that Tim Mills would also be a great school board member. He states, “the classroom should not be used as a platform to further issues/agendas that undermine the parent’s influence in the home” and supports a “healthy learning environment based on traditional values.”

I highly recommend these candidates for the Indianola school board.

 DONALD BOHLKEN / Indianola

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Michael R May

Mr. Bohlken has proved me wrong.

I left the forum for the Indianola School Board candidates feeling confident in the future of Indianola Schools. I felt confident because all 9 candidates present were articulate, well versed in current school board issues and seemed genuinely committed to serve. The issues all 9 discussed with care and intelligence included student mental health, retaining school support staff and vocational education. I did not detect the kinds of agendas Mr. Bohlken champions in 2 of the candidates – candidates Alexander and Mills.

I suppose if Mr. Bohlken is correct, then candidates Alexander and Mills will carry the banner of nationally divisive issues into our local deliberations to the enduring harm of everyday issues such as class size.

I hope that I am wrong, but I am feeling less confident in the future of Indianola Schools after reading Mr. Bohlken’s letter.

Bohlken1

Somehow, Mr. May sees the following issues I championed as “divisive”:

1. Parents do have a voice in determining what curricula is taught their children.

2. The racist and divisive concepts in Critical Race Theory, which are objected to by majorities of Black, white and Hispanic parents, should not be taught to children. (The teaching of such concepts is already illegal under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and House File 802.)

3. While compassion should be shown to transgendered students, this does not permit putting the privacy and safety of female students at risk. Nor does it justify requiring female student athletes to compete against biological males, which is innately unfair.

4. We need rational school board members who will not be taken in by wild theories in determining curricula and other policies.

5. The classroom should not be used as a platform to further issues/agendas that undermine the parents’ influence in the home.

6. We should support a healthy learning environment based on traditional values.

TruthSeeker

Thank you Mr. Bohlken! Well said! I found it interesting that the "Teacher's" union did not back the teacher.

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