Barbara Rush In Her Own Words


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear Barbara Rush address Hometown Helena as what can only be described as the unofficial kick-off of her campaign to get elected to the School Board. Her agenda? Relentless negativity and mean-spirited attacks, with a substantial serving of outright lies. I offered some commentary about her remarks at the time, but was very pleased to see that Mrs. Rush has made her speech available for anyone to view.

There is a place for honest criticism of any institution and the Helena School District is no exception, but we absolutely can’t afford to elect someone so hostile to the idea of public education and the school’s leadership that she can’t see past her own agenda. More than anything I could write, these videos demonstrate why Barbara Rush should not be elected to your Board.

I can’t urge you strongly enough to share this video link with friends, neighbors, and co-workers who are planning to vote on May 3rd.

Part 1

Part 2

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • I’ve only watched part one (I need a sanity break now), but I had a few thoughts

    1. Alexie Sherman is not a person, unless Barbara compulsively speaks in encyclopedia format. Perhaps she introduces her self as “Rush, Barbara”
    2. I would remind her of this quote from The Grapes of Wrath, in which a boy and a girl are watching a bull and a heifer breeding.

    Purty soon Willy got feelin’ purty fly. Elsie looks over an’
    says, like she don’t know, ‘What’s a matter, Willy?’ Willy’s
    so randy he can’t hardly set still. “By God,’ he says, ‘by
    God, I wisht I was a-doin’ that.’ Elsie says, ‘Why not,
    Willy? It’s your heifer.’

    Or the preacher, explaining his secret lust during revivals – “an’ some I’d baptize to bring ’em to. an’ then you’d know what I do? I’d take one of them girls out ‘n the grass, an’ I’d law with her. Done it ever’ time”

    So…kids reading about implied bestiality and out-of-wedlock sex with preachers? This is ‘competitive’ (?) literature. But masturbation – for shame! Reminds of Aquinas’ belief that masturbation was worse than rape, because at least rape could result in conception.

    3. Also, I don’t recall anyone saying at the book hearing that there were parts of the book they didn’t discuss. I don’t even recall Rush’s testimony – did she testify?

  • Well Pogie, if you still teach in Helena, and you’re publicly blogging about your own school board, IMO you’ve got guts.

    • Why? Do teachers lose the ability to speak out about community political issues when they teach or otherwise work in a public opinion?

      • Why Areader ? Because the powers that be don’t like criticism, and they’ve got sneaky ways to hand out payback – I’m not talking about Helena specifically, but any power structure. Pogie’s got guts to do it.

  • “I’m wondering if this is the most competitive literature we can give students to really prepare them for the challenging college environment that they’re going to be going into.”

    Just a fun fact for you. When I was a freshman in college, the required reading for the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana was “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie. Apparently UM’s honors program felt his writing was challenging enough for its incoming students.

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