By Julie Fairley, grandparent
Submitted to Highlands Ranch Herald
September 15, 2013
I listened to the show yesterday when Mike Rosen said that the BOE in Douglas County, in the November elections, would have to deal with their biggest problem. He went on to describe that problem as the,” WELL INTENDED BUT POLITICALLY IGNORANT SOCCER MOMS.” Then, he asked BOE members Silverthorn, Benevento and wannabe, Reynolds, if he had it right and they agreed. His patronizing, demeaning, stereotype, followed by their agreement, was so infuriating that I thought it best to wait until I calmed down a bit before posting. So today, with a lower blood pressure, I ask you to consider the following:
Referring to anyone as “well-intended, but” is a condescending, disingenuous, verbal pat on the top of the head. When followed by the words, “politically ignorant,” the message clearly becomes an insult to all women. Where we choose to live and/or work is just geography. The location does not define us or our capacity to make informed decisions. It is also an insult to the men who appreciate our depth and love us for a great deal more than our ability to drive in a car pool to a soccer game. When Board members specifically and clearly agreed with this statement, as they did yesterday on the air, their endorsement carries with it the same responsibility as its authorship. Are these the kind of people we want making decisions that will affect our children? Is their concern that “soccer moms” are ignorant indicative of their own ignorance?
Also, I reject the assertion that knowledge of “politics” should be the primary base for making decisions about our schools. This is the very reason that parties are not listed on the ballot. This job is supposed to be about children, their education, the teachers who teach them and the community that embraces them. I found it interesting that, in his general indictment of “soccer moms,” Mr. Rosen also stated that they wrongly equate the term, “education” with their children’s teachers and he asserted that education isn’t about teachers. He said education is about curriculum and choice. But isn’t it the teachers who deliver that curriculum? And haven’t those very “soccer moms” exercised their freedom of choice when they chose to work at home?
I have had the pleasure to meet hundreds and hundreds of bright and thoughtful women in this county over the years. I could not, (nor would I ever choose to), identify them by their proximity to a soccer field. I have every confidence that in November all of these women, and the men who respect them, will cast an informed, intelligent vote in the best interests of the children of our county.