A few days ago, I registered to run for a seat on my local school board. This is a big deal because 1) it is time consuming and will require my attending long meetings during the work week, 2) our district is trying to improve its budget process, and 3) the high school principal resigned and we will soon be searching for a new superintendent.
The candidates from "Please vote for me," a Chinese documentary by Weijun Chen
On the flip side, I view this as an opportunity for change. How great would it be to hire a visionary leader who can improve educational offerings in our district? No district is perfect and I do not have a utopian view. However, I am hopeful for improvements.
In addition to thinking about my local election, I realize, on a global scale, how fortunate we are to have democratic practices in our country. (Note: New Hampshire is the land of the first presidential primay, so we take elections especially seriously!) Yes, there are major flaws with our political system, but, still, we have more freedoms than most every other country.
As most of you know, China is a one-party system and does not have open elections like the United States. Yet, one teacher in China decided to hold elections in her classroom as in order to teach her students about democracy.
I encourage you to watch this incredible documentary, “Please Vote for Me,” about democratic elections and the resulting effect on the human condition. The film is a few years old, but still available via as a free download on Netflix. Here’s a link to the documentary’s web site:
I guarantee you will be amazed by the parents and you’ll certainly find a favorite candidate. Best of all, you will get a glimpse into modern day China. Enjoy!