Maybe I read more into it than I should, but I think I'm right on target with this one.
A member of the Teaneck orthodox community, Herb Burack, is running for a seat on the town's Board of Education.
His kids attend(ed) yeshivot.
Therefore, he must be running to try to "screw" the public school kids. He can't possibly have their best interests in mind. He can't possibly be running because the school system as it now stands is an abhorent failure. He can't possibly be running to stem the waste of taxpayer's money.
Seems to me that the popular opinion is if you don't want to spend the exorbitant sum of $18,500 per student, you must want the schools and the students to suffer. If you don't want to pay $100,000+ for a gym teacher, then you don't have the students best interests in your heart. If you think handing out raises to teachers in the current economy is a bad idea, you must hate public school students.
This, of course, is not my opinion.
This is the drivel that's being discussed on the "Teaneck Progress" blog.
Nobody has come out and said it as bluntly as I have put it, but that's what I derive from "between the lines" of the postings I have read.
In last week's Suburbanite, there was a letter to the editor endorsing one of the other candidates. Here's what bothered me most:
Let me ask: Why do our children "richly deserve" athletic avenues and social activities? This is a school district, not a summer camp. If parents think their kids "richly deserve" these non-academic pursuits, let them arrange for these things at non-school hours and at their own expense, perhaps as a reward for getting good grades in school.
Well, enough is enough.
Burack is the bitter Herb our school system needs.