Monday, October 29, 2007

Education Discussion

Over on 11D, a bunch of us have been talking about education. My stand:
1. I don't want public funding of religious schools. Period.
2. I hate it when teachers are trashed.

You can go over here to check out the history of the discussion.

I just wanted to take some of the heat off Laura and post two potentially discussable links:

Parent angry about reading assignment in public high school. The parent is upset by the profanity and bestiality in the essay. The principal allowed the student to opt out of the class. However, there are two issues: first, there is no other reading class available to the opted-out student, and second, the parent wants the essay to be removed from the curriculum. So far, the school district is holding firm and keeping the essay in the curriculum.

I say good for them. We have a hard enough time getting students to read. The book this essay is in seems to be an attempt to get students reading about issues that interest them (i.e., people their age). Somewhere down the line, these kids will mature a bit and be interested in something beyond the solipsism of teenagers. Until then, if we keep them in the *habit* of reading, that is a Good Thing.

Dropout factories make up 1 of 10 high schools.

Of course I'm interested in how these dropout factories mostly comprise black and minority populations.

My question is: how do vouchers help someone like this?

A GED classmate of Singletary's is 23-year-old Dontike Miller, who attended and left two D.C. high schools on the dropout factory list. Miller was brought up by a single mother who used drugs, and he says teachers and counselors seemed oblivious to what was going on in his life.

He would have liked for someone to sit him down and say, "'You really need to go to class. We're going to work with you. We're going to help you'," Miller said. Instead,"I had nobody."

Answer: they don't.

Off to look up schools that are considered "dropout factories."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am new to this debate and I don't often post, but this issue is near and dear to me.

Your comment, no public money for religious schools.

There's one small problem with that statement. It's not "public" money. It's my money, taken from me at legal gunpoint. And it's being used for instruction in things I don't want it used for, and being taken from the teachers in the form of union dues to buy causes I strongly disagree with.

It's not "public money". It's money taken out of someones pocket. Money that was worked for and taken away with no recourse.

The government schools are religious schools, they teach materialism, socialism, secularism, all of which have religious underpinnings.

Why can't I use MY money to educate MY children in the way they best learn? And I can assure you that it is not cooped up in a classroom.

Why is it ok for you to say "No public money for religious schools" but it's not ok for me to say, no money for government schools?

I apologize for the rant, but I get fired up about all the self righteousness of the anti-voucher crowd who want to tell me how I can or cannot spend the money I worked so hard for.