The 90% Rule:
Social scientists tell us that 72% of people who find a wallet in a parking lot with no identification and a significant amount of cash will return that wallet to the nearest store or to the authorities to help locate its rightful owners. Clearly most of us have a basic understanding of fairness and will not take advantage of someone else’s loss for their personal gain.
Surprisingly the statistics are even better for those who want a public school system that is fair to their differences, rather than trying to get their way at the expense of their neighbors. When given the opportunity to build polices that respect other points of view as much as they want theirs respected, more than 90% of the population will sign on. Usually only 10% or less will seek to exploit political or legal processes to force their social or political agenda on their fellow-citizens. Unfortunately they are the squeaky wheels that get the all the attention and often the ear of the press.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
And why would we not want to? No one should be asked to participate in a public school system that is biased against themselves.
So the next time one of those ten percent tries to throw your district into conflict, just remember that the best way to handle their agenda is to invite them alongside representatives of the other 90% who will work for polices that are fair for all and not those that prefer only one social ideology. When they are asked to recommend policies that are fair to the differences in your community, they will respond in ways that will surprise you. And in the process you will build support in your community for public education.
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