Diane Douglas needs to leave the Stage and Fade Away

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Former Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas owes her successor Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs apologies for insinuating, in a Facebook post filled with misspellings, that both of them, by wanting to modernize the sex education guidelines (Hoffman) or by showcasing the LGBTQ flag (Hobbs), is promoting pedophilia.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

The former Superintendent, who turned heads during her tenure by challenging personnel at the Board of Education, attempting to steer the Science Standards towards the Inquisition Period, wanting to go after educators involved in the Red for Ed Movement, and asking the Board of Education to replace the state standards with those from a Pro-Christian organization, has admitted, in a later tweet that she mistook the pride flag Hobbs showcased for something else.

 

She has not apologized to her successor.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

Commenting to the Arizona Republic, Superintendent Hoffman found Douglas’s tweet “disturbing” and further stated that:

“This feeds right into the discrimination and propelling of fear that leads to increased rates of bullying in our schools, an increased rate of suicide and other mental health challenges,”

“As someone who’s elected, as someone who is a former elected leader of our schools, her words do carry weight and that’s part of what makes it so appalling that she would post these comments in a way that propels this fear and discrimination and makes it even more difficult for survivors to come forward,”

A controversial figure while in office, Ms. Douglas should consider what she says as a retired state figure.

She should not, like the village idiots who filled the last Board of Education meeting who offered extreme reactionary positions in challenging the sensible modernization of the sex education guidelines, follow the lead of crackpots and make profoundly offensive and incendiary remarks accusing the leading educators of this state of wanting to encourage pedophilia.

If she does not correct this by apologizing to both Superintendent Hoffman and Secretary of State Hobbs, then she needs to leave the stage and fade away, never to be heard or read from again.

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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  1. Thanks for this article. I would just say that even if she DOES apologize for her remarks she should fade away and not be heard from again.

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