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Keep racial politics away from education

By   /   June 21, 2011  /   Comments

There have been a series of decisions made lately really have me scratching my head. For example, the Dougherty County School Board voting to fire folks when there’s a white majority, and then when there’s a black majority they reverse the decision. Far too many votes are coming down along racial lines, and that doesn’t do anyone any good.

I see a lot of opportunity as being possible for Albany and Dougherty County, but not at the rate the school board seems to be going. There are a couple of people on the board that may well be voting for what they believe is best for the Dougherty County School System. In fact, I’m convinced there are a few. However, far too many seem to view skin color as an indicator of ability, and that’s beyond pathetic.

This is the same board that voted to put Dr. Joshua Murfree in place, a man whose brilliant idea of expanding the minds of our students is to take all of them to Atlanta to visit a handful of places that have a minimal attachment to learning. From what I understand, there’s no visit to the State Capitol, and its magnificent gold dome. There’s no visit to the Cyclorama, or any of the historic sites attached to the Civil War. There’s no visit to the High Museum of Art. Nothing like that.

The school board needs to get its stuff straight and start acting like a body concerned with the education of our students, and I mean all of them. My son is a student in the Dougherty County School System, but unless something changes quickly, that will come to an abrupt end in the very near future come Hell or high water.

The truth of the matter is that Lee County’s growth comes in large part due to the Dougherty County School System’s complete failure to property educate our children, while Lee County has done an exemplary job of it. Parents often make decisions based on what’s best for their children, and that often includes where to live.

Dougherty County needs to take a look at what Lee County does, and I can give them a hint. If someone doesn’t do the job? They’re gone. If someone isn’t performing up to standards? They’re gone. It doesn’t matter what the melanin content of their skin is, either; if you do the job, you stay, and if not you hit the road.

This isn’t rocket science, and I suspect that a couple of key people get that on the school board. The rest look at their positions as a way to right the wrongs of past decades, but unfortunately this isn’t the way. Rewarding incompetence by extending someone’s position despite them not deserving it doesn’t right anything. Instead, it breeds the resentments of a bygone era best left in the past.

tomknightonWritten by Tom Knighton. Tom Knighton is the managing editor of Laws-n-Sausages.com, a political blog focusing on SWGA. He is the former co-owner of SWGAPolitics.com and currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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