John Blair for SPI, 2016

July 2, 2012

Everett Herald Q & A

Filed under: Q and A — FreeRangeAuthor @ 10:38 pm

June 26, 2012

What is your age? 66

Your current occupation? (or former if you are retired) Self-Employed HVACR Service Mechanic

What town do you live in? Vashon Island

How long have you lived in Washington? 35 yrs

Do you have a campaign website. If so, what is the online address? ANewFoundation2012.org

Political experience – have you run for office before?. If so, which one(s)? Elected to the Vashon School Board 2000-04; Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2004 & 2008, 90,000+ votes both times,9% of the vote statewide.

What is your highest level of education? Temple University; Masters, Science Education

What are your priorities (no more than 3)? I have one main educational objective (as opposed to “priority”) and one organizational objective in running for the superintendency.

My educational objective is to offer specific-enough proposals for the foundation of an educational system, as opposed to an instructional/school system (whatever that means – right?), to encourage the discussion of:

1) What we expect our “learning” systems to accomplish and;
2) How do those expectations relate to the actual organizational structures (schools/programs/funding etc.) that are supposed to produce that learning.

I am doing this because I believe we currently have nowhere to start a discussion which we must have if we are going to get out of the “instructional” box in which we find ourselves.

My organizational objective, on the other hand, is not currently explicit, but soon will be (on my website). My intention is to find a “few good men and women” who will help me construct an interactive mapping and data base simulation of the program outlined in my campaign statement (see attached). This would be a way for interested would-be trustees, student trust account holders, facilities commissioners and Public Educational Program teacher/educators to get a hands-on understanding of the proposals while actually creating the entire system.

If designed properly, this simulation could be seamlessly transformed into the actual system should the legislature (or an interested foundation) want to give this “education system” a test drive. Of course the families and individuals who created the simulated Neighborhood Education Districts, Individual Student Trust Accounts, Public Education Programs and Community Facilities Districts would form a knowledgeable and motivated constituency to effect the legislative action necessary to implement these proposals.

Do you have any endorsements that you want to share? None

Briefly describe why you are running for this office. I want to offer some specific additions to our existing instructional system in order to expand it into an education system. Our current system of public instruction/schooling is accomplishing as much as it ever will. In an increasingly demanding world, if we are going to maintain the standard of living we have come to expect , I believe we must expand our training system into an education system. The fact that we cannot even discuss the distinction between training and education (because we have no agreed-on analytical definitions of those words) indicates how far we have to go even to discuss our learning systems and our expectations for them.

Briefly share one reason why you think incumbent Randy Dorn should be replaced. I believe under very difficult conditions, Randy has done a good job and deserves to be re-elected. Our “instructional” system is accomplishing as much as it ever will and, I believe, cannot be substantively improved without fundamental change. It works fairly well for the majority of children and in a democracy in its crudest sense (“two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.”) it’s working just fine. But in a nation that values every individual (see our Bill of Rights) and increasingly needs the contributions of every individual, just serving the majority is not enough. The best one can hope for, under the current instructional system, is to “keep the doors open and the lid on.” Randy has certainly achieved that.

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July 1, 2012

A Few Good Men and Women

Filed under: application,demonstration,model,simulation,software — FreeRangeAuthor @ 9:10 pm

I am looking for a few good men and women with an interest in open
source interactive mapping and database simulation design;
and who would also be interested in changing the world.

I want to build an interactive simulation of the program outlined
in my voters pamphlet statement.

This would be a way for interested would-be trustees, student
trust account holders, facilities commissioners and Public
Educational Program teacher/educators to get a hands-on
understanding of the proposals while at the same time actually
creating the entire system.

If designed properly, this simulation could be seamlessly
transformed into the actual system should the legislature (or an
interested foundation) want to give this “education management
system” a test drive. Of course the families and individuals who
created the simulated Neighborhood Education Districts,
Individual Student Trust Accounts, Public Education Programs
and Community Facilities Districts would form a knowledgeable
and motivated constituency to effect the legislative action
necessary to implement these proposals.

I have no experience with programming or simulation design. I
can provide a complete picture of the destination, but I need
assistance with the technical implementation. If you want to be
part of an open source design team, or part of one of many design
teams or if you want to design the entire simulation yourself, or
simply have ideas or questions, please let me know. I’m looking
forward to hearing from you.

Please email me at: ANewFoundation {a*t} centurytel {d0t} net

– John Blair

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June 28, 2012

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John Blair does not endorse any advertising you may see at these pages, nor does the John Blair campaign receive any money from these ads.

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June 22, 2008

Russell (2003)

Filed under: Uncategorized — FreeRangeAuthor @ 12:25 am

“Russell Was One Of The New Breed Of Actors Who Didn’t Get His Teeth Capped”

Oil on Canvas (2003) by Margaret Tylczak
Russell

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