I was browsing around on another website and came across this little gem. She has a very interesting opinion on public schools. I'm just going to copy and paste, and then see what you all happen to think about this. :lol:
This was the response when asked, "What do you think went wrong in our public schools?"
"Well, I think the entire concept is flawed. Compulsory education in a free country? Excuse me?!? Yup, I'm stuck right there and can't get past it. Also, selling this as a "free" education? It isn't free in the least. I think public schools should be seen for what they are - a form of government welfare. It should be no different than food or fuel assistance. In other words, only for the very poor who have to apply and be screened. Think of all the people you know who have put their kids through the public school system, yet they own shockingly nice homes, multiple cars, take vacations to Florida three times a year, and somehow have the cash to pay for these same kids to go to college. Should my widowed mom in her 70s living off social security be paying a huge property tax bill for their kid to get a "free" education?
I think the solution is no more compulsory education and paying tuition for your child's education (or homeschooling or private schools or tutors). Education should be an open market, not a monopoly held by the government. This is a democracy, and the majority decides what is right and wrong, what should be taught, etc. When the majority are amoral or ignorant or just plain honestly disagree on key issues. . .you won't like what you see at your local school."
I don't like the current content of the school system but this woman is whacked out.
Think of it as investing in the education of the future leaders of the country!
I could go on...
Let's take away public school right now and see how great things are in 25 years.
This sounds to me like another nutjob screaming "YER ALL FREELOADERS!" to make themselves feel better about being so looney.
Heh my husband brought that up this when we were talking about school systems a while ago. We are choosing to homeschool our kids but agree that in this free country we should not be required (aka FORCED) to go to school. Most parents would put their kids in school for their well-being but being punished for your child even missing a few days of school is ridiculous. However most people do not see it that way or probably even know that their property taxes (why should we pay on land we own anyway?) go to education.
I agree that some of the things we teach in public schools are not exactly, uh...accurate. But we should be working to better that, not eliminate it. So your child can only get an education if you can afford private school? That's not communist at all. :roll:
Yeah her mom on social security is why Floridan public schools are dismal.
We are homeschoolers, and I have issues with certain things, but I think this is extreme. I'm thankful that children, regardless of their parent's income, can have access to an education.
And seriously, by her logic, if it's a free country, why should I HAVE to obey laws or go to jail if I get caught? Why should I HAVE to have car insurance? Why should I HAVE to care adequately for my kids or forfeit them?
I mean, come on.
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" Lol. Okay, then. Let's take away public school right now and see how great things are in 25 years. ... [snip!] ... This sounds to me like another nutjob screaming "YER ALL FREELOADERS!" to make themselves feel better about being so looney. "
LOL, well if her 70 year old mom doesn't want to pay property taxes, then I suggest she rent instead of own.Many of these same people who send their kids to public school pay property taxes as well.
Also, didn't her mom teach her that nothing is free in life? :-) I think I learned that in kindergarten.
Oh, and I don't like that I'm paying more in taxes now so that her mommy can collect SS, when I won't see a dime of it when I'm 70.
Sorry, went off topic a bit...
<blockquote><b>Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:</b>" Lol. Okay, then. Let's take away public school right now and see how great things are in 25 years. ... [snip!] ... This sounds to me like another nutjob screaming "YER ALL FREELOADERS!" to make themselves feel better about being so looney. "</blockquote>
I bet she sends her kids to public schools!
But here is my thing, if her mom is "hurting" because of property tax why doesn't she help her mom out.
Wow. My grandparents raised my sister and me from the time I was two and my sister was 3. We lived in a nice neighborhood, sure. Yes, my grandparents own two vehicles(always have). But they couldn't afford to send us to private schools. They couldn't afford to send us to college, either. We relied on Pell Grants and scholarships. They paid their OWN property taxes so I could get that "free" public education, and it paid off. I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA.
Fast forward to MY children. We live in a nice house that we are renting. We only have one vehicle(because mine died and there isn't the NEED just yet to buy another one). We are living fairly comfortably and I send my kids to public school. We can't afford private, and I just don't have the experience to homeschool them(plus the homeschools here are done through churches and they have that whole "statement of faith" thing that I can't go along with). Public school is our only option.
That woman really has no idea about how other people live. She sees those "wealthier" people sending their kids to public school, but she doesn't know the reasons WHY...they might not want their kids to grow up thinking they are better than others, or their "wealth" might not be as great as she assumes.
Quoting I'm Marbles:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:</b>" Lol. Okay, then. Let's take away ... [snip!] ... to public schools! But here is my thing, if her mom is "hurting" because of property tax why doesn't she help her mom out."
Probably because she's barely getting by and on assistance, ha ha.