Come to FASBO’s 50th anniversary conference and attend my session based on the book made famous by Jeff Denton, Author and Director of School Nutrition for Ponca City Public Schools in Oklahoma.  Over the next few months I will push out little tidbits from my session and invite you to send me some of your favorite “idiotologies”.

Have you ever asked yourself “Why do the idiots always win?” We have all faced the trials and tribulations of public school service, some more than others!  Think about what has happened over the course of your career, how many times you have felt defeated, helpless, and just plain tired!

Why do the idiots always win?  Because WE let them! Collectively, we sit on our hands and allow them to take complete control of the situation. WE can solve this problem by realizing that we can’t blame anyone but ourselves for our predicament.  Our society has a way of blaming everyone else for its problems but the key to this entire thing is to change what we are doing then educate others on how we can all keep the idiots from winning.

Using Jeff’s book, I will share his ten “Anti-Idiotogolies” and hopefully we can create our own set. These ten statements demonstrate behavior characteristics and how we can keep the idiots from winning.

Now before you go all PC on me, idiots are not specific people but simply the way people act, react, and deal with life. Recognizing how we let the idiots win is the first step in learning how not to be an idiot target.  If we see them coming we will be more effective in dealing with situations before they do any lasting damage.

We all have to realize that the entire responsibility of defeating the idiots lies solely on our shoulders. This is probably why many of us have trouble deflecting the idiot attacks.  It’s much easier to ignore, give in, or roll over when shots are being fired.  Unfortunately, time and time again, history has proven that when there is no defense, damage done is long-term and almost impossible to overcome.

If you are tired of being an “idiot target”, join me on this journey through the world of idiotologies at the 50th Annual FASBO conference at the World Golf Village, October 10th through the 13th.   Look forward to my next installment soon!


About the Author

Jim Drake, CPA, Executive Director of Finance and Performance, Monroe County School District

Jim Drake, CPA – Jim is the Executive Director of Finance and Performance at the Monroe County School District, a position he has held since April 2013 on either an interim or permanent basis.  Previously, he was the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services of Manatee County Schools from January 2009 to February 2012.  Prior to becoming the Assistant Superintendent, he was the Executive Director of Finance for Manatee County Schools from March 2005 to December 2008.  He was also Director of Finance for Lake County Schools from January 2001 to March of 2005. Jim started his career with the Florida Auditor General serving in many capacities from 1978 to 2000.  He has been a certified public accountant since 1981 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. 


Jim served as President of the Florida Association of School Business Officials for the 2004-2005 year.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials from 2004 to 2010.