Thoughts on the superintendent debate?

Feedback time.

Did you see the superintendent of education debate tonight? If you didn’t, that’s no excuse. Here’s the link to the streaming video.

If so, please sound off here. What did you think?

I’ll come back and share my thoughts, but I thought I’d give you a place to get started. I’m a little behind at the moment, as when I went to the debate, I had left our kitchen sink — faucet, pipes, etc. — in pieces on the kitchen floor. I had to finish that job before getting to this.

By the way, I got ‘er done. No leaks (so far).

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on the superintendent debate?

  1. Pres

    I enjoyed the debate. I feel Mike Ryan is the most qualified. But I believe Kerry Wood most closely matches my beliefs so I am voting for him.
    In an aside, I have a suggestion for the Lt Gov debate on Friday. Since The State editorial board has proven to be so blatantley anti-Andre for five years, nobody from your editorial board should be a moderator. You should find somebody else, I don’t know who, to moderate instead.
    Mr. Warthen, you know this to be true, so I suggest you take this up with your editorial board.

  2. Tony Fayyazi

    I must say I was a bit disappointed about the debate tonight. The questions were ill-prepared, the timing was off. To be honest, what tonight’s debate needed was a grill and some hotdogs and hamburgers! It was a social gathering rather than a debate. Nobody talked about major issues, all responds were like 30 seconds TV adds.
    By the way, I didn’t quiet understand the question where you asked who else would they vote for.It’s like asking olympians who they think would win the gold medal if they couln’t win it themselves. Mr. wood and Mr. Staton must have felt prety shippish after answering the question while Mrs. Floyd, Mrs. Moflin and Mr. Ryan decided not to respond to the question. Anyway, I just hope, for the future debates, questions are well thought and the focus will be on major issues. And a better system to manage time. It might even be a good idea to have some live audience (educators, parents, community eaders…) to come up with their own questions.
    I enjoy your blog and I look forward to meeting you in person. I am also an independent candidate for Superintendent of Education.
    Thnak You.
    Tony Fayyazi

  3. Brad Warthen

    Tony, I asked that question because three of the people have little or no chance of getting into a runoff. It seemed like a good way to bring up the real-life fact that they’re actually going to be faced with such a choice. (I asked it of the other two just to be polite, and not rub in the point.)
    That was one reason. The other is that I like to force candidates to get out of their “I’m the best” mode and tell us what they like about some of their opponents. You can learn something by hearing what they say when you get them out of their comfort zones that way.

  4. Tony Fayyazi

    Sorry for the typo: Community Leaders & Thank you. I was just hurrying to get this comment in.

  5. Lee

    Liberal racist indoctrination in Seattle schools
    Planning ahead is considered racist?
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Thursday, June 1, 2006
    Are you salting away a little money for your retirement? Trying to plan for your kids’ education? If so, Seattle Public Schools seems to think you’re a racist.
    According to the district’s official Web site, “having a future time orientation”
    (academese for having long-term goals) is among the “aspects of society that overtly
    and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue,
    stereotype and label people of color.”
    Not all the district’s definitions of racism (and there are lots of them) are so
    cryptic. The site goes on immediately to say, “Emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology” is another form of “cultural racism.”
    Did I mention that the district thinks only whites can be racist in America?
    … more

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