Find short answers to frequently asked questions about Ryan and his beliefs.
Why are you running for School Board?
I am running for office:
to be a representative for parents who are concerned about the education their children are receiving and teachers who want to actually educate children.
to support parental oversight, board transparency and accountability.
to support educational excellence focusing on academics (not anti-American ideologies, Marxism, SEL, CRT, Comprehensive Sex ED, gender/sexual ideologies, etc.) and quality, well paid teachers.
to support fiscal responsibility.
Why should people vote for you?
I am a taxpayer, parent, and community member. I am running as a parent and taxpayer to represent parents and tax payers and to provide them with a voice on the school board. I have nothing to hide from parents and every reason to want them to know exactly what is going on with the education of their children. I am also willing to listen and engage - even with those who might disagree with my position on something. I am a taxpayer and I understand the burdens of taxes on our working families. Therefore, I can also represent their desire for a fiscally responsible school system that doesn't waste their hard-earned money or take more than is necessary. I excelled with a high school diploma and through that I have firsthand experience with the benefits that come from a quality standard education. My family is a family of immigrants, so I can relate to immigrants who have their children in the school system and desire better education for them than they had in their countries of origin. I am not beholden to special interest groups, nor am I overly connected with the inner workings of Goshen's government so I can bring new ideas, new eyes, and new ears to the board rather than just more of the same. I have been a successful business owner, so I know how to manage money. I am also a working class member of society so I understand the costs of living and can relate to teachers struggling to make ends meet on low pay.
What is the primary role of education?
The education in the school should assist parents in providing excellent academic instruction in accordance with truth that will give them additional discipline, understanding, and skills fitting them for usefulness in their future stations of life. The purpose of education is not to create activists, change history, overthrow the beliefs of parents, or create compliant servants of the State.
What do you believe about race?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Declaration of Independence, National Archives We arae al one blood from one ancestor. This is what we should be teaching about race in schools. I am opposed to any view that places people in classes based on their skin color. The only answer to racism is teaching the truth: there is no difference between browns, whites yellows or reds and there must be one standard for everyone. Reverse racism is still racism and two wrongs do not make a right. I also oppose any belief or practice that says excellence and orderliness, capitalism or western ideas of freedom are racist and must be removed in order to remove systemic oppression. These things are not only not for white people only, but are a blessing to anyone, no mater their ethnicity, who practices them. It is simply good character. My family is mixed African and American by birth, American by citizenship. My wife and son are not victims. They are Americans with the same freedoms as I have, and guaranteed under the same Constitution. See "How to Identify Critical Race Theory."
What do you believe about gender?
From the beginning we are created male and female. I oppose gender confusion and sexual deviations contrary to creation. I oppose sexualizing children. I will support the protection of children from predatory adults who seek the perversion of children.