Roy Brown and Steve Daines on Education: Tackling the Important Issues

I’d like to encourage those of you considering voting for Roy Brown to read his issues page on education. It’s certainly enlightening. In a sea of platitudes and general observations, he offers one concrete proposal for Montana’s schools:

Roy will urge the Montana High School Association (MHSA) to establish tournaments of champions, so athletes in virtually all sports, and in all communities have a chance to perform and succeed on a higher level.

Roy Brown, folks. Tackling the most important issues of the day.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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.


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  • I’m old and cranky, so I can be truthful. If roy boy did INDEED write this, he is a complete ass who knows NOTHING about edcuation!

  • I haven’t read Roy Brown’s education website and don’t intend to vote for him, but it scares me when Larry Kralj opposes something.

    If anyone has read any of Larry’s posts on various blogs they understand that Larry has demonstrated time and time again his lack of civil discourse and inability to reason without using insults and profanity, which truely discredits and revalues anything he says or stands for. If I were the Governor’s campaign staff, I would worry about Mr. Kralj attacks on Brown. For Kralj’s actions are so counter productive, they create a complete lack of credibility and actually could actually benefit the very people he berates and opposes.

    Way to go, Kralj. You’ve once again demonstrated to Montana that you’re blog version of a Louis Farakhan endorsement.

  • Well, jonny, roy boy proves MY point for me! Take just a minute and read what the moron and his billionaire poodle are saying. They are basically BASHING education! Why WOULDN’T people be offended?! Allow me to reiterate. The man OR woman that wrote that piece is an ass who knows NOTHING about educaion! PERIOD! Why would anyone be pleased with getting bashed? Why can’t ONE just ONE idiotic RePubie just say it? “WE HATE PUBLIC EDUCATION”! (My bad. I guess that ric jork already did, and the party PROMOTED him!)

    You see, jonny, you’re much to polite and stupid. The ONLY thing wrong with education in Montana is a lack of funding. Just fund that damn thing and let teachers teach! That’ll do it! That’ll “fix” education just fine. What we do NOT need is Oily Roy and his billionaire poodle basing teachers in the name of improvement! And I’m just rude enough to point this out!

    Sorry if that offends your tiny little sensibilites, but if you really ARE a lefty, my advice to you would be to GROW A FREAKIN’ SPINE!

    See, guys like Oily Roy and Poodley Seve just LUV winpy lefties! They know perfectly well that you guys won’t fight back! And was EXACTLY the case in this state until Scwheitzer came along and broke the mold!

  • Gotta fight for what’s right, Poge! Don’t let the criminals win without a helluva fight. THAT’S exactly why the country is the shape it’s in. The Dems rolled over loooong ago. They turned into wimps.

  • Do we need more funding for education? Indeed we do, Larry. I don’t think a single reader or participant on this blog would disagree. But what we also need in this state, and really throughout this nation as a whole, is sensible debate and discussion that truly focuses on building toward a reasonable solution to the many pressing needs of our society. From education and healthcare, to race relations and poverty we need people who can present their ideas and their concepts in a very straight forward and civil manner. For the more reasonable we are as citizens when participating in general discourse, the more credence our ideas can carry in the minds of those we are engaging with in debate. Can the GOP do that? Their legislative leadership in the ’07 Session proved not. Are Democrats just as guilty? Sure they are in some form or another. And frankly, your brand of banter embodies this divisive polarization of viewpoints through personal attacks and low-brow commentary.

    Do I agree with you? Absolutely I do. More funding for education is vital to the advancement of Montana’s educational system. But let’s also recognize that learning can be had outside the classroom in conversation and debate, but only when that conversation and debate is in a nature that encourages people to learn about the perspectives and ideas of other without the fear of senseless name calling and personal attacks.
    Larry, as someone who obviously cares enough about our state to continually read and comment on the issues we all face, I would ask you to consider the impacts your words or statements have. Through blogs like this one, you have the potential to impact debate and impart a certain level of insight or perspective that is truly unique. Your words have the opportunity to change the way people think and act, all by the level of debate you could present – rather than the pity banter you’ve engaged in over the number of blogs I’ve read.

    As an educated and passionate person, I would ask you to consider your impact. As an educator as a private, catholic school that espouses principled beliefs and values I ask you to consider your obligation to those who would like to learn from these blog, as well as engage in discussion that upholds a certain sense of ethical civility.

  • Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

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