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Marysville School Board member outrages community

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Published on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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Marysville School Board member Michael Kundu has been blasted by his fellow school board members and blasted in the media for sending an email to board members and school administrators that appeared to be racially charged.

Kundu was commenting on a discussion regarding the achievement gap when he wrote, “definitive factor played by racial genetics in intellectual achievement.”

Not only has the school board asked him to resign but a group of Washington State legislators have sent him a letter expressing how they feel about Kundu’s comments.

“We are indignant and outraged to read your inflammatory comments on ‘race and (education) achievement’ in a June 3, 2010 electronic message, circulated at your request,” the letter states. “We unequivocally denounce your assertion that ‘there is a definite factor played by racial genetics in intellectual achievement.’ We also take offense to your insinuation that only certain vocational fields contribute to the benefit of humankind. As state legislators who recognize a solemn responsibility to serve all students in Washington State, we find that these reprehensively fatalistic views of human potential and endeavor undermines the essential purpose of public education and, given your elected position, poses a grave threat to the future well-being of our citizenry and our communities.”
Our own Rep. Mike Hope, 44th District, along with Rep. Skip Priest, 30th District, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, 37th District, Rep. Sherry Appleton, 23rd District, Rep. Maralyn Chase, 32nd District and Rep. Don Quall, 40th District and Chair for the House Education Committee, have all signed the two-page letter and as you can see, they have not minced words.

This situation is reminiscent of what occurred only a couple of weeks ago when General Stanley McChrystal was relieved of his duties after he and some of his aides made disparaging remarks regarding the administration officials and President Obama in front of a Rolling Stone magazine reporter.

It seems that those who are in authority, like Kundu and McChrystal, should know what is appropriate and what is not.

Kundu has suggested that freedom of speech is at play, but political correctness needs to be remembered when you are an elected official.

While the two situations are not exactly the same, both show a lack of judgment from those who should know better.

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