Jed Brown ~ a True Story
September 9, 2009 by Doug Parris
Jed Brown knew who he was.
He didn’t need to be recruited to run for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1992, nor even to seek out the groups or individuals who might be his allies in the fight. He just rode out onto the campaign trail with a message like an old circuit preacher in the 18th or 19th century. He didn’t “craft” a message, choose three topics to hammer exclusively, or create “sound bites.” He campaigned as if public offices would be won or lost in America by an open exchange of ideas, debated openly in public, for the citizens, who would vote accordingly. Think Lincoln/Douglas debates.
Jed Brown knew his subject.
When he could find an intellectual debate, he never lost. I never met a man more conversant about the mechanisms of education, the mechanisms of education administration, the mechanisms of political control of education or the mechanisms of deception that had permeated the politics of American education in the latter half of the 20thCentury. Confronted by professional prevaricators he usually could cite specific references from numerous sources disproving their fabrications.
follow link for more.