All four Slinger School Board candidates for the April 5th election agree that pursuing excellence in our district is the right focus. The difference lies in the philosophy that defines the role of school board members in that pursuit.
Today’s school board member must lead rather than manage. Both managers and leaders work on budgets, curriculum, facilities, etc., but leaders go to the heart of what parents and other voters are really concerned about. People ask me much more about the state of the educational system in Slinger compared to budgets and achievement. Voters now expect accountability for the content in the classroom AND its delivery.
We need leaders who refuse the status quo. The status quo of the NEA and WEAC leads to awful ends: lower performance, less patriotism, a hate for capitalism, divisiveness, “equity,” indoctrination into socialism, programs like “BLM@School” and the 1619 Project, identity before education and the lie of systemic racism. (https://www.brewerforstudents.com/move-beyond-the-status-quo/) Our district deserves leaders on its board who move beyond the status quo, taking bold steps to promote long-term excellence. That’s why, as a parent, I submitted a policy prohibiting race and sex stereotyping in Slinger schools following the February board meeting – eight months after I publicly requested it. Identity should not be the lens through which learning is presented. Parents, students and teachers deserve strong leaders who are willing to fight battles before the enemy reaches the gates. BILL BREWER is that leader.
Leaders drive results. We all know that agendas are an unfortunate reality in education. Leaders do their homework to clarify the requirements imposed by government or grantors. ESSER III, the latest round of federal COVID funding, openly promotes establishing equity in schools and presents it in the context of requirements. (https://www.brewerforstudents.com/facts-on-esser-iii/) I showed this to our board, who was unaware, and pushed for more clarification. Administration then asked more questions and ensured these directions aren’t required (confirmation pending). We never would have reached that point, however, without asking the question. Leaders drive results.
The establishment wants our schools to ignore basic truths of life, like the reality of gender. The school’s role is to teach biology and human development with appropriate timing and accuracy, leaving morality to be taught at home. For most students, home is the “safest space” of all; educators are uniquely positioned to reinforce the parent’s preeminent role here. School boards need to ensure that we’re continually teaching facts and truth to clarify reality and provide a foundation for critical thinking and life-long learning.