September 03, 2003
It's in the P-I
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer laments private initiatives that address the failures of state socialism:
As schools open, parents are digging deeper to support public schools. That's good of them, but it's unfortunate.
The shift to private funding is part of a larger trend toward privatizing too much of what traditionally have been Americans' shared responsibilities. It's particularly worrisome when it results in damaging schools and their critical role preparing young people to act as citizens.
God forbid that parents should actually do something to help their own kids instead of waiting for politicians to solve every problem.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 03, 2003 10:45 AM
I believe the last line should read, ".....instead of waiting for politicians to attempt to solve the problem."
When I contribute to fund-raising drives at my childrens' school, that money is not ear-marked for my children. So how is that funding not a "shared" responsibility?
At some point, when the request for additional funding by the parents to the neighborhood school, gets to a break-point, parents will decide that private school is a better deal. After all, the supposed reason to hold-back from putting your kids in private school is the additional expense. Public education is erasing that line in their incessant fund-raising to fund all of the things they are supposed to be doing with the first dollar.
The P-I is such a target-rich environment. Did you notice they carried a Robert Fisk editorial a week or two ago?
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A friend's daughter, who has an advanced degree in education, decided to resign her tenure and home school her three children when her eldest was humilated over the free milk program. She provided a doctor's certificate that stated he was lactose intolerant and provided a daily box of soy milk to enjoy with his peers.
A substitute teacher punished him for refusing the provided milk and took his container of soy milk away claiming he would drink the cow's milk or have none. The boy tried to explain but was sent home for unruly behavior.
When the mother complained and demanded that something be done about putting her child's health at risk, she was chastised for not mainstreaming her son. That was the last straw.
You cannot imagine the villification and distain of her peers. How dare she?
Her Liberal mother-in-law, who is also a teacher, was so opposed that she sued to force her to return the children to school.
A Judge disagreed.
Her children are bright, happy and stress-free. They have plenty of extra-cirricular activities, including community service. All are accomplished musicians, are fluent in several languages and fully engage in sports of all kinds.
The Grandmother had to admit she was wrong. If educators fail to see the issues as they relate to their own children...how will they ever improve the system?