Here’s to all of us squeakers

Count me in as a squeaky wheel

rs to the editor, Sept. 27) and all the other “squeakers,” who are contributing to making our education system more creative, relevant and inspiring.

Our public school trustees can too often fall into the trap of thinking that by simply being elected (sometimes just acclaimed), they have somehow acquired the Wisdom of Solomon and can make decisions with far reaching consequences without the consent or contribution of those who are most affected.

Hubris can be a recipe for disaster. Participatory Democracy recognizes that the knowledge and wisdom for making informed decisions lies within the communities that we serve.

A big heartfelt thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, elders, and community philosophers out there who have shared their visions and aspirations for what education can and should be.

Your squeaks are creating the conditions for an education system that is focused on its potential, not its limitations.

To participate in democracy, please get out and vote this November 19.

Julie Austin





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