All the commotion in Dallas public education has nothing to do with curriculum or more school days or even firing “bad teachers.” SOPS debates, where they are even allowed to occur, are an extension of 1200 years of discussion over whether vox populi, the voice of the people, is the voice of God or the voice of the rabble.
Dallas ISD trustee Mike Morath made his position clear in an interview with Channel 8 reporter, Brett Ship. States Morath, “If you were crafting the Board of Directors of a $1.6-billion education institution, I’m not sure this is the current group of nine you would put together.”
Corporate education deformers, whether Eli Broad, Reed Hastings who is CEO of Netflix, or SOPS founders and followers, have hunkered down in this thousand year debate on the side of the aristocracy, the monarchy, the imperialist and the royalist—–those who fear and loathe commoners and the threat they bring of anarchy, mediocrity, and loss of control. While commoners may be taxed at whim, schools boards must be appointed to avoid the depravity of the lower classes who would never be invited into the board rooms of the Fortune 500.
Trustee Mike Morath, hanky in hand to protect against the smell and sounds of both African Americans and women, simply must be surrounded at the public school board table with those who look like himself. That is the way the board rooms of technology industries are run—with an absence of Latinos, black males, and women. Morath surely expects the same reality in the elected board room for Dallas schools.
The superintendent training of the Broad Institute has a similar goal: neuter vox populi by neutering publically elected school boards. Superintendent Mike Miles, in league with Mike Morath and the Mayor, have effectively frozen the Dallas school board with a threat of its dismemberment. Miles gets his gold star from Broad while dancing to the racist chant of Morath—a surrealistic moment indeed where Miles, a recipient of the true civil rights movement, willingly sells out voter participation from South Dallas in order to satisfy Morath’s ambition and his own greed.
This new breed of elitists, including Teach for America, don’t think of themselves as moldy monarchs or believers in divine right. Their hubris comes straight from the corporate board room or from their status in other professions that still reek of prestige and money. The sneer of former Dallas ISD trustee Sandy Kress has been pasted with a precise exactitude straight on the face of former trustee Edwin Flores. True believers in the power of data and contemptuous of disagreement, they are twins in believing their natural superiority. Both attempted to use their power on the Dallas school board as a stepping stone to political glory and both stepped on political landmines before reaching the next step. Trustee Miguel Solis has wisely decided to step gingerly back from the abyss where pure arrogance leads to political death.
These new elitists don’t congregate in powdered wigs daintily dipping from lacquered snuff boxes; they hide behind technology and COMMIT! and keep insisting that the whole public school experience for our kids can be reduced to data. They think they own the data, so they believe they own public education.
The only beating these elitists have taken in Texas so far has been delivered by a group of mothers who are firmly convinced of the worth of their children apart from the data they produce. The elites were temporarily routed in Austin to only to reappear in Dallas after being summoned by Mike Morath who is sure of his superiority, cultural and intellectual.
It is with Morath that disgust with vox populi was finally cemented into a Dallas organization, and as an homage to a city divided by race and money, SOPS is the epitome of the worst ugliness of The Accommodation. In this latest chapter, SOPS minority members had to be imported back into a city they refuse to call home in order to have some storefront brown and black participation for SOPS.
SOPS race relations look no more ridiculous than its lack of comfort with women in power. According to Morath, women trustees on the Dallas school board talk too much. Royalists never extended suffrage to the weaker sex and Morath has made it clear that both the fifteenth and nineteenth amendments were big mistakes. Morath even measured the amount of time female trustees talked during board discussions, while Morath in an open forum is swallowing for air because he won’t shut his own mouth. After the first SOPS town hall meeting where citizens were not allowed to ask questions, the vox populi responded with loud boos while recalling other fallen republics that didn’t push back hard enough on returning emperors. The elitists were shocked. Full of lying bullet points, they thought they were bullet proof.
SOPS own Caligula, Mike Morath, has no trouble with character assassination of his fellow board members. An entitled white creature who believes his intellect should give him all nine votes on the board, Morath ironically mislabels his campaign against vox populi a civil rights issue. Caligula Morath and his fellow elites abhor due process in a government agency as bureaucratic nonsense. Neither teachers nor students should be given a public hearing before termination. It’s thumbs up or down in the gladiator ring. Charter schools get their numbers by depriving their students a seat for simply underperforming or refusing to sit up straight with eyes on the teacher. Caligula Morath and Flores are waiting for the gleeful moment that students and teachers in independent school districts can also be used as flotsam and jetsam and thrown overboard at the will of the aristocracy for their sheer delight and amusement. What good are commoners who can’t be tossed around or fed to lions?
Mayor Rawlings, accustomed to counting pizzas sold, has no problem in eliminating the vox populi if it will increase the prestige of the empire, an empire tainted by past racial segregation in housing and an empire that has no housing outside that provided the extremely wealthy or the extremely poor. De facto segregation is not a problem in practice for Rawlings, only in public relations.
Rather than heal the wounds of constant class and race divides, Rawlings has already crowned himself with an imperial wreath signifying his willingness to serve Rome in its declining days. Both Caligula Morath and the Mayor agree the only way to return the city to its former glory is to eliminate any vestiges of the republic. Democracy can only be saved by destroying single member districts according to Caligula Morath. At-large political representation in league with the education PACS will drown out vox populi are the mayor’s contributions.
In the finest doublespeak documented in a SOPS campaign of trickery and lies, reporter, Brett Shipp’s interview caught another statement undermining vox populi. Morath stated, “We need to find the true civic leaders in town that can think about these big issues of how can our democracy most effectively executive (sic) its mission for our kids.” We assume Caligula Morath’s “civic leaders” are a mirror image of himself, boy kings able to think big thoughts but unable to bend to the wishes of the voters.
As SOPS paid representatives troll north and east Dallas to disenfranchise the wishes of the voters in southern Dallas, it’s time for the vox populi to make their presence known. Our republic has survived only by embracing its entire citizenry.
As for the fate of Caligula Morath? We can hear the Greek chorus chanting warnings of Morath’s fate, a sound he does not hear because of his constant yammering.
For the rest of us, we can follow our heritage back to the belief in vox populi vox dei that eventually gave non-elites access to the ballot box, access we are not giving up to the ambitions of a boy who wants to be emperor or a Mayor who already considers himself one.