Considering that they work for the taxpayers, especially the parent taxpayers that send their kids to local schools, it’s probably fair to say that school board members “work for” parents in at least one form or another.
Unfortunately, some of the members of America’s school boards might be so intoxicated with power, power they’ve been using to push mask mandates and anti-American propaganda on young children, that they’ve forgotten who they work for.
One such school board member is from the York Suburban School District in Pennsylvania. He, Richard Robinson, wrote a bitter op-ed for the York Dispatch titled “With all due respect … no, I don’t work for you.” As you might expect from the title, it’s him yelling to the world that he doesn’t think he works for parents.
He begins his piece by lamenting the fact that more parents have started showing up to express their displeasure with things like mask mandates and CRT, writing:
It is a requirement of local school boards to provide opportunities for public comment. This provision gives residents of a school district the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, nobody showed up.
Not these days. As social media outlets, national news broadcasts and our local newspapers tell us, school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future.
Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems. When the board does not fall in line with each and every demand, we are accused of ignoring the thoughtful, unbiased, sincere and righteous ultimatums of our community.
He has to listen to parents that are worried about their childrens’ future. How terrible.
But that’s not all. He later goes into attacking the parents that show up for their various forms of ignorance in the face of his obviously brilliant intellect and school-managing skills, saying:
With all due respect to the men and women who snarl, “I’m a taxpayer! You work for me!” No, I don’t work for you. I was elected by people who voted to represent you. It is not the same thing. You may also be surprised to learn every member of a school board is a taxpayer, too. I come from a long line of taxpaying men and women.
With all due respect to the people who introduce themselves as doctors without mentioning their specialties or credentials and expect their pronouncements to be accepted as unimpeachable: When I have a toothache, I don’t go to an oncologist. To me, the logical person to consult about a virus is a virologist. When a person introduces him or herself as a doctor, their education, training and experience matter to me. After all, Jack Kevorkian was a doctor.
To Robinson, because you don’t have the proper credentials, you don’t get to worry about your child’s future. Want to complain about the teachers pushing anti-white racism on students in the form of CRT? Go back to school for six years first so that you can speak to such a dignified member of a random PA school board. And refer to him as “your eminence,” I suppose.
Oh, and event then he doesn’t think you know what’s best for your children. In his words: “‘Don’t parents always know what is best for their child?’ No, we don’t. Nevertheless, if you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or take your child out of school. Your choice.”
He uses the “with all due respect” shtick seven times in total, using it to express his displeasure with everything from the “you work for me” line parents use to those who want to withdraw their kids from schools over mask mandates. In each paragraph, his voice is dripping with the sound of perceived superiority over those that would dare to question him.
The thing is, he’s wrong. Parents do know what’s best for their kids, especially compared to some bureaucrat. They don’t need a degree for that and, in any case, the bureaucrats that live off their tax dollars do work for them.
Robinson’s op-ed is horrific. If other members of school boards think like him, America’s future is certainly a dark one.