Those beliefs lead him to maintain that parents should have a primary say in the public school system before the teachers, district, state and federal government.
“I think when I say decentralized, I feel that our primary responsibility is to the parents and then up from there,” Riley said."
Sounds good until you really think about it. After education involves more than just the parents.
And consider this tidbit:
"He says he does know some issues are on the minds of parents and Lawrence residents.
“Sex education and science standards have come up repeatedly,” Riley said. “These are issues that they’re concerned about and they’re concerned to know what school board members feel about these things.” " Oh oh.
Really he must hang out with a different crowd than I do.
He might really be OK, after all his kids did go to public school. But really do you want some of the parents you've met to be the ones that have primary say about running of local schools? Does my stake in the school system stop because my kids are grown and married? Doesn't business have a say here as well?
Come on Mr. Riley. Get real.
Check out the Journal World forums where yours truly has been accused of:
"Pdecell: Way to come out and bluntly tell us that public education is State indoctrination 100%. I'm sure we all want to line up for your brand of brainwashing for each and every one of our children. As a parent, I want you to keep your taxpayer opinions out of my child's easily manipulated mind."
Notice the nice scary rhetorical touches-"state indoctrination", "manipulated mind" oh yes and "brainwashing". Kind of reminds me of an old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon.