THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT

Pat Moore

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WHERE I COME FROM

I have lived in Nebraska since 1971 graduating from Milford High School and spending the next 2 years attending classes at UNL. After working in downtown Omaha for 3 years my wife and I moved to Hastings where I earned an Associate degree in Construction technology from Central Community College. After managing a church camp near Linwood, NE for several years we settled in Glenwood Estates, just north of Kearney, where we raised our family in the 1990’s.

IN MY COMMUNITY

While in Kearney I worked with the League of Women voters to help get information out about candidates in the area. I also helped start a Kearney chapter of the American Family Association that took a stand against pornography in and around Kearney.

One day in the early 90’s I called the Kearney Public Schools (KPS) to offer myself in whatever way I might help. I was connected with the Assistant Superintendent for KPS who said they were just putting together a curriculum committee for Health Education; would I like to be a parent representative on the committee? I agreed and started to attend the committee meetings. Early in the process I joined others on the committee, most of whom were teachers and administrators at KPS, at a training put on by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) on comprehensive sex education.

What I learned at that training event was that the NDE supported comprehensive sex education (CSE) even back then and encouraged attendees to put on skits at the event that were what I would call obscene. I spoke up at committee meetings but was not able to carry much influence in the group. When an early version of the proposed curriculum was taking shape I let several churches and the Kearney Hub know about what was going on and over 200 people showed up for the next curriculum committee meeting.

The curriculum committee ended up making a recommendation to the school board which contained CSE. In the mean time I helped create an alternative proposal that I thought would be more appropriate. I received a call that my services would no longer be needed on the committee and the version with the CSE went on to become part of the KPS curriculum.

THE STORY CONTINUES

Soon after that, things were gearing up for the 1994 election for the State Board of Education for District 6. I decided to run and faced five other candidates for the district in the May primary. I ended up coming in second to move on to the general election. That same spring I received a BS in Human Resources Management and Biblical Studies from Grace University, Omaha.

As the general election was held, I won 18 of the then 21 counties for District 6 for the SBOE. In the general election Boone county, one of the 21, listed the candidates for District 5 on their ballot instead of District 6 candidates. I lost District 6 by a fewer number of votes than my margin of victory in Boone County in the primary.

The following summer a parent from Kearney approached me about the need for a Christian School in Kearney for grades 6 through 12. A K-6 Christian school was already operating in Kearney, but it stopped at 6th grade. We gathered several parents together around the concept and ended up starting Faith Christian School of Kearney with one teacher and ten students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Each year another grade was added so that by 2001 we graduated 3 seniors. There have been significant changes to the school since I completed my time on the board, but it is a successful Christian alternative for students in the Kearney area today.

I have gone on to complete my MS in Biblical Studies from Grace University (Omaha) and pastored in several churches since then. After serving two longer-term churches in rural Nebraska I trained to help with churches working through difficult transitions. The last three intentional interim ministries in rural churches in which I was involved helped me gain experience dealing with hurting and conflicted people. I sought to bring healing and unity into those organizations and now see another possibility to do that on the State Board of Education and working with the Nebraska Department of Education.

SBOE members typically receive training based on the US Department of Education perspective, so they learn how to work in that broken system. I believe a strong majority of the people of the 44 counties of District 7 believe in a more common-sense approach where the basic elements of reading, writing, mathematics and science are to be emphasized above social experimentation. Where the constitution, the flag, and local authorities are to be respected, where parents are involved in the education of their children, and where parents are able to choose where and how their children are educated.

Concerning Critical Race Theory (CRT), it would be helpful for many to research beginning with Critical Theory, the original concept from which CRT is derived, to see the proposed goals of Critical Theory (CT). CT offers “that understanding the ways one is oppressed enables one to take action to change oppressive forces.” (1) The assumptive goal of CT is that there are lower classes that need to overthrow the current leadership to be free of oppression. Although some portions of that assumption seem to have validity, there are numerous other factors that lead to freedom, the main one being a life turned over to Jesus Christ, the only place where true freedom can be found.

      (1)  https://people.ucalgary.ca

My first three years of high school were in Harvey, Illinois, just south of Chicago, with around 40% African Americans in a school of over 4,000 students in four grades. I learned there that people are people, no matter what their skin tones or background, and each person is of great worth in God’s eyes.

I acknowledge that my views do not correspond with many on the current SBOE but if elected, I would seek to find any common ground that I could and hold firm to my understanding of what will help provide a common-sense education for the students of Nebraska.