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Monday, March 19, 2007

Political Action Group In School Classrooms

Executives from at least four local businesses will be attending two Janesville High Schools this Wednesday sharing their business expertise with the students under the auspices of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. The program Excellence through Ethics is a message designed to restore lost confidence due to recent corporate scandals in the business world. Junior Achievement feels it is vital to rethink what and how children are taught in order to succeed in a global economy.

Attending along with the business executives will be John Beckord of Forward Janesville. Forward Janesville is what you might think of as Janesville’s Chamber of Commerce. They do what a typical chamber of commerce does, offering business and training seminars, promoting local businesses and coordinating trade shows. But it doesn’t end there. What makes Forward Janesville special is, they are the only politically active organization in Janesville outside of the Democratic and Republican Parties. Janesville city elections are non-partisan which forbids traditional partisan involvement. This gives Forward Janesville along with the local press, full steering rights and privileges during the campaigns. This is what makes Forward Janesville truly unique and a dominant political powerplayer in the Janesville community.
JG Excerpt:
The business leaders will share basic values and beliefs as well as engage students in discussion on the role of ethics in their school life and in their own and personal business dealings.

One visit to their Website and it doesn’t take long to figure out that Forward Janesville is not your average apolitical chamber of commerce. Just run down their sidebar and the link “political activity” pops out. Open it up and it’s a smorgasbord of sub-links including a legislative agenda, scoreboard, position statements and political advocacy. The Position Statements and Legislative Agenda pages closely mirror the Republican Party platform to a point where the only thing missing is the elephant. Clearly, Forward Janesville does not hide their political activist role and it should draw concerns about the role they have and message they teach, while participating in educational programs in our public schools.


Unknown said...

Louis, Forward Janesville removed the "political activity" link from their home page after they read your post. Most of it is now under "government relations" Politics seems to be something everybody wants to hide in Janesville, its like they murdered it years ago and buried the body.

Lou Kaye said...

Yes I see. Thanks for the note. Your analogy is very fitting, but politics is alive and well in Janesville, they just don't want you to know it.

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