Flag Education News: FUSD Finds $116,000 For Trips / NAU Tackles Free Speech
By Elisha Dorfsmith
I was unable to attend Tuesday’s Flagstaff Unified School District board meeting and apparently I missed a couple big stories. Today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun includes an article covering two major topics that I have written about extensively in the past.
FUSD Suddenly Finds Over $116,000 In Override Money For “Mini Buses”
Yes, you read that headline right. While FUSD has given us every imaginable financial gloom and doom scenario they could think of, they now suddenly have enough money to buy extra buses for trips! We were told that overrides had to be passed to save teacher’s jobs, keep class size down, save school librarians and nurses, and insure that art and music programs would not be cut.
As usual, the fear didn’t equal the facts and the money is hardly being used for critical education. Sports programs are the big winner AGAIN. Those of us who opposed the overrides knew this would happen. Hopefully everyone keeps this in mind the next time FUSD tries to get us to open our wallets through fear mongering and scare tactics.
FUSD Picks Schools For Mobile Health Van
Kinsey, Killip, Thomas, and the alternative and social programming building (the old Christensen school) are set to have the North Country Healthcare mobile health van parked outside when the program starts next year.
Services the van may offer include primary care, sports physicals, immunizations, risk behavior, acute illness, minor trauma, chronic disease care, routine physicals, health education, behavioral health, and reproductive health (including referral and prescriptions, STI screening and contraception counseling).
Below are a few of the articles I have written on the health van:
Other Flagstaff education news:
NAU To Hold Meeting On Free Speech Rules
Northern Arizona University will hold a special public meeting on Friday, September 16 to discuss speech on campus. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. in the Agassiz room in the High Country Conference Center. This is in response to the national attention the university received after staff gave students a hard time for handing out American flags on 9/11.
You can read more about the incident here:
I have been somewhat amused and frustrated at how many people on all sides of the political spectrum have said that rules are rules and we should never question or resist them. We are told that we should be obedient little sheep blindly following whatever our masters tell us to do.
I came across an editorial in Northern Arizona News by John Westover that perfectly illustrates the idea that we should never question authority. He says:
“Rules exist for a reason, even if we do not understand or agree with them.”
In other words SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, and BEHAVE!!! The government always knows what’s best for you.
Mr. Westover is a perfect example of what our public education system produces. Cookie cutter clones who all march to the same beat refusing to think outside the box or question the status quo. We are creating followers who jump through hoops, embrace red tape, line up in nice straight rows and are programmed to report anybody who steps out of line to the proper authorities.
History shows us that the great thinkers, artists, inventors and leaders all challenged authority and questioned laws. Those who believe in freedom and liberty go out of their way to push back against unjust policy and regulations. The freedom you enjoy today is there because of people who questioned rules! If we take our freedom for granted we will wake up one day and realize it’s gone.