A Town Hall meeting is taking place right now (Saturday morning, 11/3/07) at Morningside Elementary School in Fort Worth. The special guest speaker is Dr. Melody Johnson, Superintendent FWISD.
Here is a question Don Young of FWCanDo has for Dr. Johnson:
Why is it OK for the FWISD to co-sponsor the Barnett Shale Expo Energy (Poster) Contest that glorifies the gas drilling industry, (see below) and it is NOT OK for the FWISD to partner with FWCanDo for an art opportunity that tells the other side of the story? (see below)
Look closely at the wording of the Barnett Shale Expo Energy (Poster) Contest and the topics from which students can choose. All topics are meant to present urban drilling in a positive light. Students are not free to express any of the many legitimate concerns involved in urban drilling.
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Dr. Johnson rejected an art contest giving students an opportunity to express the other side of urban drilling claiming that it was too political:
Since Fort Worth residents mainly hear only the highly exaggerated benefits the Barnett Shale brings to the city, what, you might ask, is the other side of urban drilling.
- Urban gas drilling is unprecedented on the scale now happening in Fort Worth.
- Fort Worth zoning ordinances are null and void when it comes to gas drilling.
- The city gas drilling ordinance was co-authored by representatives of all the main gas drilling companies.
- The gas industry is EXEMPT from the Federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
- Most city parks will be adjacent to industrial gas drilling activities.
- In some cases, gas drilling can take place within 200 foot of a residence.
- The City of Fort Worth declined to conduct an environmental impact study of gas drilling.
- Some Fort Worth Public Schools will be within the blast radius of a gas well blowout.
The next question you might ask is why Dr. Johnson is invested in not educating Fort Worth Students about the other side of urban drilling.
Could it be we need to follow the money?
$$$ Most people don’t yet know that the FWISD has or will lease the mineral rights under all their property which is considerable. We’re talking many millions in royalties from Barnett Shale drilling companies. (If they have all this anticipated money coming from oil and gas royalties, why are Fort Worth voters being asked to vote Tuesday on a bond package for the FWISD?)
$$$ DALE RESOURCES DONATES $3000 TO FWISD SCHOOLS
Davis, Mitchell Blvd and OD Wyatt Schools Each Receive $1000
“Art on Tour” Collection – MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival has received the support of Chesapeake Energy and the FWISD to present the Art on Tour Collection (ATC).
“Young People’s Art Fair” presented by XTO Energy – Over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, more than 150 FWISD students, ages 7 to 17 representing 19 schools, will bring their paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, baskets and more to display and sell.
According to the following quote from the above article, Dr. Johnson does not believe in stifling student’s creativity and she is willing to set new trends in fostering that creativity:
“We are fully aware that our decision goes against the trend,” says FWISD Superintendent Dr. Melody Johnson. “We have incredibly bright and gifted students. Our charge is to nurture – not stifle—creativity.”
It seems that Dr. Johnson is only interested in fostering creativity if it meets her agenda of spreading propaganda for oil and gas companies.