It wasn’t that long ago (and it’s still ongoing) that creationists followed a relatively successful strategy of packing school boards with loons. School boards are not popular career destinations — it’s relatively easy for a fanatic to run for the board, and often they get strong support from local churches.
Now take a look at this: the same strategy is being followed by anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, and anti-CRT kooks.
Jimmy Kimmel put together a compilation of some of my school board clips last night. Sorry, but I don’t want any of these people to have any input on what my kids are taught in school. pic.twitter.com/OxLbnKPYkw
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 27, 2021
We need more reasonable, serious people to run for school board positions, so do consider it yourself. When I first moved to Morris, I offered to run…and got nothing but looks of horror from local DFL people. I guess I’m not the kind of guy to be popular with the church crowd that is likely to turn out for a school board election, so they were probably right to look for more congenial candidates.
If you can’t run, the next best thing is to VOTE in those elections. School board elections are far more important than most people assume.