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Re: “School 'reform' group needs some arithmetic work

A melting pot, that's how we think of the United States.

We come from many places, but we all become

Americans.


How does that happen?


One very important way is in the public school system.


That's where we teach youth from every background

what it is to be a part of this great nation. It's where

children learn the values we hold as Americans. In the

shared experiences of public school, we form a unity of

culture, and of purpose. Public schools are where we

build citizens.


If we only think of schools as places to learn facts,

history, and skills, then we risk undervaluing the other,

equally important functions that school perform.


Lately, there has arisen a pattern of denigrating and

underfunding public schools while at the same time

allowing easier withdrawal from the public system in

favor of private schools and in-home education. This

should not be allowed to continue.


If the shared experience of public school builds citizens

and nations, education outside the system works against

those goals. Whether or not they intend it, home

schooliong and private schooling serve to separate us

rather than bringing us together.


As long as a home schooled child can do academics at

a minimum level, there is no control regarding what else

the child is being taught. Children of white supremacists

can be educated as white supremacists. Children of

radical fundamentalists can be educated as radical

fundamentalists.
The result is a fragmented population with no common

purpose or shared values. The nation weakens, and the

culture that makes us Americans is fading away.


We must not destroy the public school system, and in

fact we must restore it to its' traditional efficiency and

function.


Do not allow home schooling except in cases where the

child cannot, for good reason, attend a public school.

Private school curricula should be closely monitored to

be sure that divisiveness is no part of what is taught. No

public funds should go to support either home schooling

or private schools of any kind, excepting only

specialized facilities for special needs children.


We need to get our melting pot back on the stove.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Harold Lloyd on 10/30/2012 at 9:13 AM

 

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