Last week I was one of six people who interviewed to replace a member of the City of Lancaster School Board. The job pays nothing and has a time commitment almost as big as the National Guard . I am assured by current members that everybody gets mad at you and State budget cuts mean even more tough decisions--followed by criticism.
So I am glad I was not chosen.
But I did try for the job. I knew my life would be even more crowded, but I also care more about education than anything else in government. My kids are in the school system, but even if they weren't, the future of our country depends on education. I know many kids will choose to be stupid no matter how good the education system is, but I want to be sure the education system is there for every kid who wants a good education.
This can mean education toward getting a good job, but it can also mean education for its own sake. Reading Hannah Arendt will not get a 58-yr-old guy a better job. But I am delighted by her books. Two years ago, a friend told me to read Arendt. I am now reading the 4th of her dozen books and plan to read them all in before I am 60. The life of the mind is its own reward--I think a better reward than millions of dollars. An educated person gets to decide between reading philosophers and making buckets of money.
I want every child to have that choice.
I'll try again in 2013.