I approve of Nickole Aguilar Garcia, Rick Mooday and Paul Jaramillo for the school board – Los Alamos Reporter

Editor,

I support Nickole Aguilar Garcia for the school board, as I have personally worked with her to organize a summer school at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Two years ago Nickole was commissioned to collaborate with scientists like me to lead the lab’s summer program. Nickole did an amazing job helping scientists run several summer schools that encompassed a diverse group of students from around the world. Nickole has always been a great help and she worked hard to make the summer courses a success. In addition to Nickole, I also support Rick Mooday and Paul Jaramillo for the school board, as all three candidates support traditional education, as I explain below.

Some information about myself: I am a quantum physicist at LANL and a world renowned researcher in quantum computing. Education takes place in my family because my mother is a nursing teacher and my sister is a math teacher. My education includes a Masters in Biochemistry from Cambridge as a Churchill Fellow, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Berkeley and several post-doctoral degrees in quantum physics from various universities. My deep passion for education is what inspired my direction of the LANL Quantum Summer School. Given my three young children, I have a vested interest in the outcome of this school board election.

What does this election really consist of? This is traditional education as opposed to education based on activism. Critical race theory and gender theory spread across the country. Polls show parents overwhelmingly oppose teaching these theories in the classroom. However, activist school boards are forcing these theories into schools against the will of parents and teachers (see eg Loudoun County, Virginia). Nickole, Rick and Paul support the traditional education we all had as children – the same education that creates the best scientists, doctors and engineers in the world. In contrast, their opponents want to inject political activism into the classroom. Such activism is tantamount to indoctrination and brainwashing of our children. Plus, it steals valuable time from actual learning. Please vote to empower our parents and teachers, not activist school boards, to decide the education our children need.

Patrick coles

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