‘Systems Thinking’ Vs. Not Thinking
Elections have consequences — at least they should, though try telling that to member of the US Congress, who seem bent on continuing their obstructionist ways even in the face of a big loss in November.
But here in Forsyth County, the Republican-controlled county commission seems to have no problem leveraging the state’s November Red Tide. As reported in this week’s Dirt section, the commission fasttracked school board candidate Irene May to finish Donny Lambeth’s term.
May was chosen when the person recommended by th3e Forsyth GOP, David Regnery, withdrew his name from consideration just one day before the decision was made final, after allegations surfaced that he faked his place of residence on order to obtain Class 3 weaponry. And she hwas picked ahead of Lori Goins Clark, another Republican with weightier credentials.
THIS IS HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE AT THE COUNTY LEVEL IN FORSYTH: ON THE FLY, THINLY SOURCED, BEHIND THE SCENES AND IN A REACTIONARY SPIRIT.
It is worth mentioning that the whole process was con- trolled by Forsyth Republican Party — which is, apparently, business as usual. But where this decision veered from the norm is that it was ushered in by a faction of the Forsyth GOP.
The commission’s two Democrats and a Republican outlier were given just two minutes with each of the other school board candidates in a farce that ranks right up there with the attempt to place Harriet Meiers on the US Supreme Court — the biggest difference being that Meier’s appointment was thwarted by saner heads while May’s position on the school board was decided before it ever came to a vote.
And it’s possible that May will do a credible job as a school board rep — she has three children in the school system and has volunteered for the PTA.
But that’s not why the conservative faction railroaded her nomination. May was chosen because of her opposition to “systems thinking,” the newest bogeyman in the far-right phantasmagoria, defined by the Waters Foundation as “a perspective that sharpens our awareness of whole and how the parts within these wholes interrelate.”
In October, this same school board voted 7-2 to implement systemsthinking training for school personnel. But now, just a couple months later, the Republicans disparage the philosophy by citing such nefarious influences as the United Nations, Buddhism and new-age thinking.
It’s entirely possible that six months ago, none of them had ever even heard of it.
But it seems that this is how decisions are made at the county level in Forsyth: on the fly, thinly sourced, behind the scenes and in a reactionary spirit.
Were one to apply systems thinking to the Forsyth County Commission, it could certainly be classified as “unhealthy.”
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