Fellow residents of District 3,
My name is Matthew McGowan, and I am running to represent you on the State Board of Education. I am a strong advocate of local control when it comes to public education. I feel teachers, parents, and local administrators/support staff can do a far better job of determining what’s best for students than a bloated bureaucracy nearly two hours away. I believe that every student is an individual, and as such, a “one size fits all” approach to education is antithetical to meeting each individual student’s needs.
I am no fan of standardized testing and evaluations for students or teachers. I am often reminded of the old saying, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s an idiot.” Students are able to do their best when teachers, administrators, and parents are free to collaborate and implement what works best for each student as individuals.
I will work tirelessly with my fellow board members to encourage them to cede as much control back to the individual school districts as possible on every level. I know reversing the trend of expanding central control of public education will be difficult, but I truly believe it can be done if we act now.
I hope to earn your support this November 6th. Please feel free to reach out with questions, comments or concerns!
Candidate, District 3 Representative, Ohio State Board of Education