Michael Morris’s advice, in case you couldn’t get through the paywall, was to observe that the people school boards hear from most often are usually the ones who shout the loudest. The rest of us tend to avoid those meetings because we don’t enjoy those kinds of arguments. School boards give them more attention than they deserve because the took the trouble to come out and speak their piece.
I don’t make much noise. I have been in a couple of plays. I remember the most frequent director’s advice in one of my first plays was “Louder, Tom, louder.” I managed but in my next stage adventure I was embarrassed to learn that I was the only person in the cast who was given a mic.
Well, I also learned in that one that I can’t remember lines anyhow. I think I invented more lines for my character in that play (Thomas Edison) than Edison had patents. So I retired from acting and started spending my free time here.
If you are one of my two or three readers who still lives in one of the local school districts, get on you school board’s next public comment agenda and speak up for teachers and kids. I’m pretty sure that no one in my small group of readers is worried about getting through the next Republican primary like our governor is. So go in and make some good trouble, some quiet trouble at the board meeting.
Bad laws just beg to be broken, especially when they are executive orders posing as law. Help your school board find the courage to disobey like so many other Texas school districts who are putting learning, teacher and student safety, and the science they teach ahead of the governor’s political needs. Speak up for masking and vaccination. It’s good science, good medical practice, good educational practice and good child care. Speak up for the kids and public education.