May 26, 2014

Superintendent of education: Don Jordan (R)

Yeare of birth: 1943, Camden South Carolina

Yeare of birth: 1943, Camden South Carolina

Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: I have lived in SC all my life.

Family: Married to the Susan Fraylick Jordan (28 years), Teacher Brennen Elementary School Columbia SC , Three Children, Elizabeth Barron (Ben, Master Sargent USMA) Jacksonville NC; Frank A (Drew) Jordan, Navy Vet (5 years) USC Student Senior in Biology; Kaley Christopher Jordan, Artist, Photographer and Musician, Columbia SC.

Education: Ph. D., Mathematics (Linear Algebra), University of South Carolina, 1973; M.S., Mathematics (Numerical Analysis), University of South Carolina, 1968; B.S., Math Education, University of South Carolina, 1966

Current occupation/employer: Full Professor, 1992 - Present University of South Carolina, College of Arts & Sciences; Joined the faculty at USC in August 1973.

Employment, military and volunteer history:

Volunteer history: There have been many, here is one I founded: Middle/Elementary School Academy of Science Grades 4-8), 1991-Present.

A Pioneering endeavor establishing a state-wide network and resulting in National Recognition: This program is devoted to increasing the number of students, especially females and minorities, entering science professions. This Program was highlighted in the 1992-93 USC Presidents Annual Report; There are many others, no military background.

In 2009 - Don Jordan USC Professor, College of Arts & Sciences , Center for Science Education (Mathematics) received the Catalyst Award from the South Carolina Science Council at its 2009 Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Dr. Jordan was recognized for his efforts in South Carolina on behalf of its students and teachers: Which included his efforts with Intel Science & Engineering Fairs in South Carolina, The DOD Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, the Development of on-line courses using Adobe connect for Teachers and his development of programs to for the youth of the state as well as his research in metric training for teachers. The Catalyst Award is the highest award given by the SC Science Council and carries a stipend of $1,000 to the winner. The above award comes just one year after Jordan received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Awareness, one of the highest awards one can receive in the State of South Carolina.

Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: NONE

Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: I have never run for a political office

Other political and government experience: None

Key endorsements you’ve received: No Key endorsements, most of my possible endorsements are with non-profit organizations that work with students and teachers, which by law cannot endorse a political candidate

1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)

South Carolina’s students are my top priority. I have developed & directed student programs in SC for three decades. I was part of the team that developed the SC Educational Guidelines in the 80s & 90s. I have the experience based knowledge and background in STEM fields to optimize success for every student in the state in the growing areas of science and technology. My professional involvement with the SC Council of Teachers of Mathematics, SC Science Council, & SC Academy of Science will contribute to and amplify my abilities as Superintendent. In order to afford every student in South Carolina the same opportunities without the worry and fear of student loan indebtedness I strongly support and advocate the halting of tuition increases in South Carolina’s public colleges and universities.

2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)

(1) Students: We will provide support for and complete implementation of the 4-year-old kindergarten in our state. We hope this will lay the groundwork for later success of students in elementary grades. We support the creation and implementation of effective instructional readiness programs to help ensure that all students are reading on their grade level. We want to also include math and science in our readiness program in order to better prepare students for these fields and encourage excitement about careers in these fields. Retention: students must feel a part of the school community and have a strong relationship with one or more adults in the school.

(2) Teachers: Honor & Respect: I recognize the importance of accountability and teacher evaluation, but oppose assigning A-to-F letter grades. I support a teacher evaluation system approved by the teachers and the districts. The evaluation process must thoroughly assess teacher performance to provide suitable feedback to the teachers and district, with the goal of improving instruction. I am opposed to establishing a pay-for-performance rating system for teachers. I feel such a system will be tied to student test scores. Include the teachers in scheduling of classes. Make sure their schedule makes time for the basics – using the restroom, eating lunch, and adequate planning time.

(3) Funding: There has been some effort in the legislature to supplement poorer school districts, but the results are mixed. My plan would be to rewrite how the state funds school districts. We will push for funding by school districts, as opposed to funding by counties, and will have the primary component of funding based on student population in a school district. I have already been in touch with accountants that actually audit school districts and will solicit their help in arriving at a plan. In addition, I plan to make a personal visit to each school district to discuss the needs of the districts.

3a.For non-incumbents: How would your approach to your job differ from the incumbent’s?

We need to rewrite the current standards to broaden the teaching of computer science and measurement, striving to excite students about technology fields. This emphasis on technology and its application to daily tasks and jobs should begin in the fourth grade. This is not part of any of our standards today. We need to teach measurement that will give the student a background to understand the ongoing literature in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is jostling for the right to be taught in life sciences in middle school. If a Chemistry teacher, though, has to teach basic measurement concepts, valuable class time is taken from teaching the Chemistry subject matter. All students are required to take Chemistry in high school if they want to enter a four-year college.

Emphasis on educational technology instruction in all schools will assist in preparing our state’s students to be competitive in the global marketplace and will increase the number of skilled applicants in the pipeline for higher-paying jobs in South Carolina. We do not want employers to have to search out of our state to find skilled employees.

4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.


5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.


6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.


7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?

I worked my way through College with Sloan Construction Company in Columbia SC. I earned $1.00 per hour with time and half over 40 hours. Since we worked 80 hours per week, my gross pay in one week was $100.00. I lived in a boarding home with other Sloan employees (who looked after me) and I rode in the back of trucks to the job site. I had my tuition working the summers only for the fall semester in 3 weeks; tuition was only 300.00 at that time. I was never in debt in college or when I graduated. This is the reason one of my top priority is to “STOP” College Tuition Increase: We must find a long-term solution to tuition increases in South Carolina. I teach calculus at USC and this spring semester (2014) 60% of my students had acquired a sizable personal debt. We are leaving our younger generation with first a National Debt then a landfill and now a personal debt. We must stop tuition increases.

I played in the North-South All-Star Basketball game in Columbia SC and the USC coaches observed my play and invited me to attend USC and try out for Basketball. I did and started on the USC Freshman Team and later Lettered as a sophomore. I was not on a scholarship. If I were to graduate from high school in 2014, there is no way I could go to college. What kid can earn $25,000 in the summer?

I was a Page for the South Carolina Legislative Council {State House) 1961 – 1965.

My Nicknames are Butch and Dr. J

I keep a promise: I promised Susan (my wife) I would ride her around the block on a Rickshaw in the Shandon neighborhood where we live on our 25 wedding anniversary. With the help of a friend in India, I was able to find a traditional (the real Rickshaw not a cop-out bicycle) in Casablanca. We purchased the Rickshaw, had it shipped to New York and finally to Charleston SC customs. I refurbished the Rickshaw and actually was able to pull Susan, three blocks to where her Mom lived in Shandon. We will use the Rickshaw for our campaign for Superintendent of Education for SC. Its first appearance will be at the Stump Meeting in Charleston at Legare farms on Johns Island Saturday, May 3, 2014 noon to 5 pm.

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