Reflections on Tuesday night's Board of Education Candidates Forum from Frank Dunn, retired teacher, U.S. Army veteran and current volunteer tour guide at the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
I decided to run for election to the Randolph Board of Education when, as a substitute at the High School, I began to hear very similar complaints from the teachers as I had heard when I was teaching at Boonton High School. Teacher morale was being buried under Student Growth Objectives, Benchmarks, teaching to Standardized Tests, and endless evaluation procedures.
My campaign slogan is "Let Teachers Teach". Too often, administrators and Board of Education members do not realize that a teacher is not just an instructor. A teacher is a motivator, a source of inspiration and someone who can make a wonderful impact upon a student's life. Good teachers do not just prepare students to pass a test, they prepare them for life outside the school or, as we veterans often say, for life "in the world".
Teaching was my final career. Before I became a teacher I was a salesman, a plant manager and a service department representative. I have more classroom experience than all the current members of the Randolph Board of Education combined. I hope that those of you who are reading this feel the way I do about education.
Please vote for me on Tuesday November 5th if you do.