One of the things that make Johnson County schools so great is the level of parental involvement at the local level. So it is truly sad to see those same parents miss a golden opportunity to really make a difference for their children’s education quality by staying home for the primary election (8/2, Local, “Low turnout, minor glitch”).
It would have taken 20 minutes to stop by the election precinct to cast a vote for the Kansas Board of Education candidate that promised to stop playing politics with the science standards and get on with the real work of educating Johnson County kids, instead of constantly dragging the board down blind alleys of creationism and vouchers.
Barely 15 percent of Johnson County voters could spare 20 minutes to cast a vote for sanity in science education. Luckily the rest of Kansas voters realized the gravity of the situation and saved us complacent (lazy?) Johnson Countians from another round of debates that only serve to invite ridicule and scorn from science educators and practitioners across the country.
I only wish that those dedicated parents who provide hours of support in our schools had bothered to vote when it really counted.