School District Unification, Guest Post by Dawn Geisler

So one of the ballot measures where I live, is to decide whether the school district where I reside should agree to a neighboring school district’s request that my school district step in and absorb the neighbor, who has been having some financial difficulties.

Fred, whose political analysis I often respect, has written a pretty neutral, short piece on the situation. You can find it here:

Another friend who lives in the neighboring school district, shared this meme that apparently tries to look non-biased, but the bias can be seen in the wording and even in the font size: <see above>

Imagine a situation where you can choose between two leaders. One will let you wallow in a decrepit situation, but at least they’re not trying to change anything. The other will make positive reforms that will help you, but you’ll have to obey some laws. The first leader might say, “That other guy! He’s trying to control you!” Spin is like that. (Hint: the first guy is also trying to control you.) That is why one has to try really hard sometimes to get past that first gut reaction (“OH NOES DON’T YOU TRY TO CONTROL ME!!”) and actually look at the situation to see the benefits *and* the cost. Maybe you’d like to see your kids packed into failing schools because: freedom, but what if that prevents them from getting a decent job later in life, for example? Is that less freedom in the long run?

I am not yet decided on how I will vote in this matter. I’d like more information. But as someone who likes to know decent information about a matter I must help decide, I actively resent twisty memes like that one. That’s why election season sucks. You all have to make some important decisions coming up, yet people have to go out of their way to get decent information to make good decisions. I think most people prefer the gut-reaction less-thought road, and that is the one catered to by most interests who are making “information” easy to get. Think about that when making your decisions.


3 thoughts on “School District Unification, Guest Post by Dawn Geisler

  1. I consider myself a thoughtful person 😉 and when I get a whiff of any kind of slant or tilt like this, it tends to have the opposite effect on me than the one the writer intended. In other words, it’s a turn-off. It makes me suspicious of EVERYTHING the writer says from that point onward.

    I imagine most thoughtful people are like that. Unfortunately it seems that elections are more often decided by thoughtless, low-info voters (and non-voters) than by people like me.

    So . . . carry on, propagandists. You’re doing the SMART thing.


    • I hate the meme that everybody should vote. Elections are a decision making process. If it isn’t important enough for you to have formed an informed opinion, you don’t add value.


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