My wife and I went to Lemont. Kabuki theater at its best. No debate. Talking points tossed out to be consumed by the uninformed. Set-up from the beginning to divide the people in attendance. Ringers in the audience being called on to re-enforce the talking points of the IPI. This was a total disservice to the community of Lemont, a community that has its struggles in supporting it’s schools and all it did was divide the community and mislead it and pray upon its fears for its schools. I was shocked that the IEA would so complacently go along with this total self-serving agenda of the IPI (Illinois Policy Institute – FK). I fault myself for not being more vocal at the meeting. We cannot and should not allow this type of public manipulation and misinformation to continue on the part of the IPI. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) I don’t believe that evil exists but I do know that ignorance and stupidity do exist. Schools and educators are here to help those who suffer from these conditions. We cannot limit ourselves to the classroom. We need to attend the remaining “debates” and speak up. The organizers of this “debate” were successful in limiting the audience’s response to their convoluted agenda and counted on the people’s tolerance for (and I beg your forgiveness) BULLSHIT! If at all you can attend do so and don’t put up with it, please.
– Sig Lisowski