School choice for me, but not for thee

Why do the Democrats hate the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.?


2 Responses to School choice for me, but not for thee

  1. Andrew says:

    The article is interesting, and I don’t know how to take it. I am all for private schooling. But, the democratic party is not the only party to mess with education (Bush’s “no child left behind” plan was horrible and did nothing good). I know that Obama’s new plan has potential to help children with college. I don’t know that children need private schooling, but I have heard horror stories of public schools. One man at my church says that he is not allowed to fail a student no matter what. He has had children skip school a quarter of the year (literally) and the teachers are still not allowed to fail them. This troubles me and makes me want to put my child in private school. I am fairly sure that my child (when I have one) would not skip school and would be raised to respect and value education but there is no telling.
    I think the government really needs to take a look at schooling. I really believe and trust in the government and I have to, they govern us. I believe that they are trying to build up the public schools and make them better. I think that all children should attend a public school. The problem is that right now public schooling is not the best thing. Passing children no matter what is a political scheme by the school to make themselves look like the children are doing well. Yet it is bad for the children because it tells them that schooling can be abused and misused and that will spell the demise of their life, and they will feel the after affects of it for a long time. Many businesses won’t even hire you if you don’t have a four year higher education degree and with crappy grades and being notorious for skipping class. colleges will be hesitant about allowing you to attend. Many colleges have a GPA requirement. This will mean that many students won’t be enrolled in college and that there will be much more uneducated lower class people. It is a trickle effect and schools don’t care. They only care about themselves and their money that they get for working. There is no longer a focus on raising the future generation and it is sad.
    It is sad to see a system that is letting children down. In the end, the vouchers do allow for students that can’t afford to attend private school to be enrolled and receive a better education. I do believe that private schools provide a better education because they allow for a smaller classroom and better one on one education and attention.
    We can only hope that the new plan takes the place of the old plan and hopefully does better. As for the old plan, it is sad to see it go, but hopefully the government has a better idea to help children receive private schooling.

  2. John H. (Shikoku) says:

    Andrew- I believe you’re taking something complex and making it into a two dimensional problem. I think the problem is more than just government and schools, I think that it’s government, schools, and parents. Why are these children missing a half a quarter of school? Where are their parents? Why aren’t they doing anything? While I do passing students who don’t do their work or go to school (a system that schools in Japan also adopt) I don’t think that it’s the schools responsibility to be babysitters. It is undeniable that schools in America are in a horrible state of affairs, though. I won’t argue wtih you on that. I just think the solution needs to be tackled from the grassroots level (as they were meant to be) instead of the governemnt (federal or otherwise).
    I’m not too educated on school vouchers, but if a student could go to any private school the family so chooses then I would be opposed to the program. I would not want my tax dollars going toward a school that promotes any sort of religious teaching along with the curriculum simply out of principle.

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