Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Michael Fryar for Montgomery County Board of Education
Bachelors in Communication, Masters in Early Childhood, Masters in Business Administration, JD, Military Police – Ft. Leonard Wood
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Classroom Teacher (elementary, middle, high, college), Curriculum specialist, Education Consultant, Education Administrator, Education Attorney and advocate.
Active in Hartford, CT. Ran for city council 2 election cycles.
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Why are you running for office?
To continue to contribute to public education and children in a meaningful way.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
John C. Fremont. Distant ancestor, the original Conservative Republican, and a man who made and lost a fortune, was stripped of rank and re-engaged, who opened up the West and California, but did not sell out, compromise or veer from what he believed in was just and right.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
It depends on the week. This week it’s “The Coddling of the American Mind” which does an excellent job taking a picture of where we are and extrapolating where we are going without change or intervention as a culture and society.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
John Dewey “Experience and Learning” – My masters in Early Childhood is rooted in constructivist theory.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Getting the school system to look inwards for efficiencies and ideas, root out poorly performing programs and issues, and work with what they have to become a better system without needing any additional funding.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Curriculum that is cookie cutter, does not address students needs, restricts teachers from being creative, and is designed to support testing that should be removed entirely.
What is your position on the Kirwan Commission recommendations?
It’s an attempt by theorists to solve a problem with money.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Poverty, over-testing, under utilized resources.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I’m a constructivist. I dislike all of it.
What is your position on school spending?
Money does not solve problems in education. That said, 90% of the budget is salaries and benefits.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
What is your position on teacher tenure?
Necessary, but can’t explain why in a single line.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Trash it all. It serves no purpose and has no point.
What is your position on classroom size?
smaller the better.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?