Saturday, April 22, 2006

Connie Morris debates Cruz and Cauble

The Hutchinson News reports:
"Dr. Corkins is a good man and he didn't get much of a shot in the beginning and that's unfortunate," said Morris, who taught in Colorado and is certified to teach in Kansas. She said she was drawn to Corkins, who had touted charter schools and vouchers, because he is an attorney and has "fresh, innovative ideas."

The uproar caused by his selection surprised her, she added, "because honestly I thought it was progressive thinking."
This must be a very different definition of "progressive" than I've ever seen used. His record before being chosen was for his conservative (often a term used as the opposite of progressive) activism, and his retrograde support for disassembling the public education system that progressives built in the 19th century.

Tim Cruz, the Democratic candidate, said that the only salary he thinks is too high is Corkins'.

The group also talked sex ed:

"I believe in opt out policy," said Cruz, a former Garden City commissioner and mayor. He said the teen pregnancy rate in Garden City and the rest of District 5 is high and worried that it would rise even more with more obstacles to sex education.
Cauble called for it to be left as a local decision, while Morris said her support for "opt-in" was about "empowering the parents." She described the contents of sex ed classes as "things I'm too embarrassed to say."

In her autobiography, she describes her own high school experience:

One winter night, in front of his fireplace (with his parents in the next room!), I gave way to nature and lost my purity. We became soul mates as well as playmates.
After a couple years in her high school fiance's basement, she moved on to her married high school teacher. Later she describes her experiences with "heroine [sic], angel dust, speed and cocaine."

More excerpts are available from the Pitch Weekly's account.

What could she be "too embarrassed" to discuss?

Evolution didn't come up in the debate.