The Edmond Sun

Letters to the Editor

February 7, 2012

LETTER: Reader: Duncan’s career training makes her uniquely qualified for school board

EDMOND — To the Editor:

As a practicing attorney, a 40-year resident of Edmond, and a grandmother of children in the Edmond Public Schools, I consider it important that we re-elect Kathleen Duncan to the Edmond School Board. Many have observed her tireless efforts on behalf of Edmond’s school children, her energy, dedication, compassion and courage. But I want to mention one additional feature that makes her uniquely qualified.

Duncan looks not only at what’s there; she also looks at what’s not there! Let me briefly explain. As readers and interpreters of facts and data — whether we’re examining text in a contract, words in a speech, brick-and-mortar buildings or activities in a school cafeteria — most of us are pretty good at sorting, categorizing and analyzing what we see. At least if we work at it.

But those who have practiced law as well as those who have been trained as guidance counselors (Duncan is both) develop an additional skill. They see the unseen; they recognize the gaps; they read between the lines; they note the aporias; they are curious about what’s not been said or written or done in a given context. And then they ask why. They consider whether those omissions, oversights, ragged seams and papered-over cracks might be meaningful and important. Sometimes the answer is yes; sometimes, no.

But Duncan has a keen eye and a real gift for discerning what matters and what doesn’t. And with it, the energy, time and courage to pursue the important. Occasionally, some may have squirmed under Duncan’s courteous but dogged inquiries. But responsible supervision is not the same as micro-management. And taking the time to learn the facts before voting is what we want our School Board members to do. The decisions are too important to do otherwise.

Edmond’s schools and schoolchildren need what she brings and who she is. I urge all the residents of District 2 to re-elect Kathleen Duncan.

Linda King


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