Fellow Director Blog Found

It is darn difficult to find school board members publishing online, so when I find one, I want to share the news.

Pride and Promise, a blog by Northwestern Lehigh School District Director, Paul C. Fisher, Jr., gets high marks from me on looks and already he’s publishing some great information for the public.  So refreshing…and brave, considering the numerous fine lines that must be walked.

His most recent entry is a nice piece on the generalities of School Directorship in PA with a review of the materials on the PSBA website, of which I have written and applaud.

Paul is already working to document key decisions he’s made, which is precisely the kind knowledge and experience sharing that will yield substantial learning and insight by all stakeholders to any school district.  I already know that these decisions can be gut-wrenching, especially when, for privacy and other reasons, certain details must remain closed.  All I can say is that individuals with a deep interest need to get involved with the process and, if desired, seek a position.

Regardless, I hope you’ll welcome his efforts, as I do with great warmth and encouragement, and support other board members willing to brave public scrutiny in the hope of building our communities and the lives of our children for the future through open, honest discussion of complex and difficult issues.

Are You Using a safe Doman Name Service?

Our District has recommended OpenDNS as a tool for parents (or anyone) to use in protecting users of the Internet in their homes from unsafe and inappropriate materials.  OpenDNS recently posted Some thoughts on Google DNS in response to the mighty company’s announcement on Wednesday that they were establishing their own DNS.  If you support a free and open Internet, uncontrolled by large advertising-motivated organzations, it’s worth a read and, more importantly, it’s worth learning how to implement an alternative DNS like OpenDNS on your home network, especially if you have young children using the Internet.

If you are not sure what all this means, contact me with a comment (I won’t publish it) and I’ll try to help.  It’s not that hard.

If you are experienced enough to help others figure this out, let me know this, too.  It may be a great way to help the community.