A word from Superintendent Quintin Shepherd of Victoria ISD
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The following is an article provided by the Superintendent. ISD Victoria Shepherd
The information is available. Everywhere we look we are inundated with information. Sometimes we get information in the form of news media, sometimes from online sources, sometimes from people we hang out with, and sometimes from social networks. In addition, we absorb information directly through our own senses. The problem with most of the information we receive is that it gets filtered by someone else, and we usually don’t pay much attention to it. Even the people we hang out with often act as a filter for the information we receive. There are mountains of research that shows that as humans we try to set up echo chambers in our groups because we want to believe that our beliefs are true, and what better way to strengthen our beliefs than to surround ourselves with other people who believe in the same way? By doing this, we are setting up a self-reinforcing information loop to confirm both our beliefs and our prejudices. There are fascinating studies that show that even the information we take in through our own senses is skewed based on our expectations of what we think we see, hear, smell, or taste. Psychologists call this phenomenon confirmation bias with an added touch of limited consciousness, and I will return to these topics in the coming weeks.
At this point I’m sure some of you might be thinking I’m going to pivot in this article and start talking about masks or vaccines, but I won’t. You don’t need me to do this because you all know where to find information that either confirms what you believe to be true or causes you to think differently. I really don’t have more relevant information to provide beyond what you can find online. Your beliefs on this matter are likely the result of the types of information you choose to collect. All I would suggest is just an opinion based on the same thing.
However, I am talking about something that you might not have information readily available on. As you know, VISD has placed bond issues in front of our community for a vote on November 2nd. In the last bond issue, the District presented about 60 times to various groups to get as much information as possible from the community. After the election, we heard from countless people who spoke about why they voted a certain way and whom we recognized as having inaccurate information. More than anything else, I want voters to be able to decide the future of our school district with accurate information about our status (both historical data and current data). Here is my offer, if there is a group of two or more people meeting and you want more information about our neighborhood or the link, please contact us and we will find time to come and introduce you or get you the information you want.
By Superintendent Quintin Shepherd of Victoria ISD
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