SMITHFIELD – Concerned about the future of his grandchildren and students in Johnston County Public Schools, McGee’s Crossroads area resident Ken Ramey filed Thursday for the Johnston County School Board, District 4 seat.
Ramey is a Georgia native and former US Marine who taught tactical weapons training until he was injured and honorably discharged. For the past 11 years he has lived in Johnston County and for 10 years of those years has been a professor at Wake Technical Community College, in the electrical systems field.
He has a grandchild who currently attends McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School. Two other grandchildren who attended the same school were bullied, he said, and they were removed so they could be homeschooled. In the first year of homeschooling the two children advanced from a sixth grade to ninth grade level in reading, and excelled in all other subjects. Ramey then questioned why public school students were not excelling as much as homeschool students.
Mr. Ramey, who has four children and five grandchildren, said that’s when he decided to run for the Johnston County School Board.
“Seeing stuff that has progressed from when my youngest son was in school and now my grandchildren, it is detrimental, it is saddening,” Ramey said Friday in a telephone interview. “What I fought for (as a Marine) is being destroyed. I have been watching the education system and how it has changed so much, especially in the last 10 years.” c
Ramey says he sees the changes in students enrolling in his classes at Wake Technical Community College. “The competency of students coming from high school into my program, they are not getting the proper education. They can’t add, they can’t multiple without using a calculator, write, or spell. This is our future. They will be taking over for us when we get old.”
“The final chip fell when my grandson was getting bullied by a person at school… After they started home schooling they progressed rapidly in one year. Why can’t we do the same thing with the school system? It’s because so many people are locked into this common core and they don’t want to do anything else. I am not a status quo guy. I am a person who likes to see things change for the better, not just change, but change for the better. I want to be able to stand for those children, because so many times they don’t have a voice. I am a pro-life person.”
Ramey says he is against the cancel culture movement and “…pushing to make kids believe they need to change their bodies trying to be something different without parental consent.” He wants to do more to prevent bullying in public schools while helping the next generation.
“We need to figure out how students can grow faster by educating them better, so they will be good citizens where we don’t have the same situation now, where no one wants to work. That is a product of our education system, from the top down.”
Ramey is also an ordained pastor and Men’s Minister at Grace in Willow Springs. “I’ve always had a heart for the Lord.”