Sam Golder is the Director of Secondary Education for the Red Clay Consolidated School District. He is also one of the three candidates for the Christina Superintendent position. Last night, at a community forum, Golder was asked about parents opting their kids out of standardized testing. Golder’s response was “Opt Out! Everyone opt out!” The other two candidates believed it comes down to a parent’s right, but Sam Golder unequivocally and enthusiastically wants parents to opt out. Which would be good for opt out supporters. He needs to take that show on the road and hit every single school board, be it district or charter school, and tell them this energetic burst of good news. Since he believes in opt out so strongly, he needs to get a letter in with the News Journal promoting that same amount of opt out energy he showed last night.
Oddly enough, I don’t recall seeing Golder at any of the House Bill 50 hearings at Legislative Hall back in 2015. Oh well. He came out as the opt out supporter of 2017 last night though! Since I am not as active on this blog as I once was, I strongly urge parents who are curious about opt out to contact Golder so they can gain his infectious spirit and spread the news!
Should Golder get this lofty education leader position in the second largest district in the state, I sincerely hope he leaves some of his entourage back in Red Clay. You know, those who claim to be “in the know” but just want to see who can make the loudest thud in public education. I just wrote about some of those people. Yes, I promised to be nice this year. But I don’t like shenanigans, at any level. Crypticism is not completely dead on this blog.