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Why Do Public Teachers Send Their Kids to Private Schools?
Set Our Children Free ^ | 8/28/12 | Tony Caruso

Posted on 08/28/2012 2:20:25 PM PDT by Guido2012

Suppose you went to eat at a strange restaurant and, upon asking the waitress what was good on the menu, she told you that she didn’t know because she never ate there. When you ask why, she explains that the food and atmosphere are much better at her favorite place, and even though the food costs more, it’s worth it. You would naturally attribute a great deal of credibility to this waitress because she was honest enough to point you away from the place where she has a personal stake in its success. In other words, you would trust her word more than another employee, because she is working against her own interest by recommending you go elsewhere to eat.

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TOPICS: Education; Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: choice; private; public; schools
Suppose you went to eat at a strange restaurant and, upon asking the waitress what was good on the menu, she told you that she didn’t know because she never ate there. When you ask why, she explains that the food and atmosphere are much better at her favorite place, and even though the food costs more, it’s worth it. You would naturally attribute a great deal of credibility to this waitress because she was honest enough to point you away from the place where she has a personal stake in its success. In other words, you would trust her word more than another employee, because she is working against her own interest by recommending you go elsewhere to eat.

The debate about public vs. private schools is similar to the restaurant analogy. According to a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, public school teachers are almost twice as likely (1 in 5 overall) as other parents to choose private schools for their own children. You know there’s something wrong when those who know the public school system best, and have a vested financial interest in keeping their own kids there, send them to private schools instead. The figure would actually be higher if many of these same teachers could afford private schools, as the study showed that the lower the teacher’s salary, the less likely they were to choose private schools. In many cities, one third to one half of public school teachers chose private schools for their kids. I’ve taught in public schools, and trust me, no teacher I know would be surprised at these statistics. And this study was done eight years ago. Does anyone think our schools have gotten better since then?

The question is why? Well, just like the restaurant analogy, the top three reasons given for the switch to private schools were: 1) higher academic achievement, 2) greater discipline, and 3) better atmosphere. The two largest teachers’ unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), declined to comment on the report, thus lending a great deal of credibility to it. I mean, what can you say when a substantial number of your own employees don’t believe in how you run your business? Kind of reminds you of that Pepsi commercial where the Coke delivery guy keeps getting caught drinking Pepsi.

The unions’ response to failing schools, along with their allies in the Democrat party and the rest of the government educational establishment, has been to fight school choice tooth and nail. In Louisiana, they have gone so far as to threaten private schools who accept vouchers. School choice is an idea whose time has finally come. Unfortunately, it came at a steep price - several generations of young people whose education was sacrificed at the altar of governmental monopoly. And the battle has just begun. We look back and wonder how we ever let our education bureaucrats take our money and give us no choice in how they spend it to educate our kids. It happened at a time in our history when we trusted government to be responsive to we, the people, and make the right decisions. That time has passed. The government’s own employees’ choices have told us all we need to know.

1 posted on 08/28/2012 2:20:36 PM PDT by Guido2012
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To: Guido2012

The classroom bureaucrats know better than anyone how bad the government schools are so they put their kids in free market capitalist schools.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 2:26:11 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SUSSA

Because they know better than anyone how bad goobermint skrewels suck?


3 posted on 08/28/2012 2:31:05 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: SUSSA

The AFT is every bit as interested in turning out educated, civic minded students as the UAW is about building great autos.


4 posted on 08/28/2012 2:32:25 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: Guido2012

My sister-in-law was registering my niece in a private school (after a disastrous year in the local public school). turned around in line and saw one of her public school teachers who was about to register her daughter there.


5 posted on 08/28/2012 2:42:30 PM PDT by goldi
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To: Guido2012
and even though the food costs more, it’s worth it

That true sometimes with restaurants, but not always. That is not true with parochial vs public schools.
6 posted on 08/28/2012 2:42:52 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind...)
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To: Guido2012
Why Do Public Teachers Send Their Kids to Private Schools?

Because they know what the cafeteria put in the Taco salad!

7 posted on 08/28/2012 3:07:28 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Twas Ever Thus)
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To: Guido2012
cause they can afford too...
8 posted on 08/28/2012 3:11:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SUSSA

“Why Do Public Teachers Send Their Kids to Private Schools?”

Because public schools suck with a capital “S”. The teachers value THEIR kids’ education.


9 posted on 08/28/2012 3:12:35 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Guido2012
"Why Do Public Teachers Send Their Kids to Private Schools?"

Because they can easily afford to do so, thanks to the generosity of the political/regulator class (teachers' aging parents, other income recipients of government debt) with your money.


10 posted on 08/28/2012 4:01:09 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Guido2012

Public School Teachers: “I wouldn’t let my child join any club that would have me a member.”


11 posted on 08/28/2012 4:14:16 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: Guido2012

What`s good for the goose is not good for the gander.


12 posted on 08/28/2012 4:22:28 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (?- where?? who knew?)
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To: Guido2012

You answered your own question.


13 posted on 08/28/2012 4:28:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SUSSA

In fairness, a great many teachers live in better areas than they teach. I opposed vouchers from the beginning for that very reason. Parents purposely move to good neighborhoods to remove their children from the bad influences in bad neighborhoods. Giving the kid in the bad neighborhood a pass to attend the good school across town defeats that purpose.


14 posted on 08/28/2012 5:36:42 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas
Giving the kid in the bad neighborhood a pass to attend the good school across town defeats that purpose.

That argument stopped me in my tracks. I seems logical and common sense until I thought about it further. Yes, that is the correct argument IF there are vouchers. The larger question is whether or not there should be vouchers, and larger than that, should parents be responsible for their children's education. Many of our greatest Americans did not have a government education, and seeing how many children graduate with a degree but no education argues for the parents, not the government, being responsible for this enormously important task.

15 posted on 08/28/2012 6:21:29 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: SandwicheGuy

The technological developments have come to a point, where an industrial model of education is now out if date. About the only function schools really have now is certification.


16 posted on 08/28/2012 6:32:12 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
About the only function schools really have now is certification.

I've read, and believe, that the only reason we have teachers is to provide entry into the middle class for many people who otherwise would have no chance. The best you can say about most public schools is they provide day care for children with two working parents - However, this is a poor trade-off for the brainwashing that occurs there.

17 posted on 08/28/2012 6:49:41 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: Melas

Until we do away with the single payer socialized schooling system and implement a free market capitalist schooling system we will never solve the schooling problems it creates. On top of that it breeds an entitlement mentality.

Even some otherwise conservative people believe they are entitled to having their kids schooled at the expense of others. Many of them think they are paying for their kids’ education, but in fact, they are being subsidized by others.

The national average spent by government on each student is about $11,000 per year. Few people pay $11,000 a year in school tax. Fewer still pay $22,000 or $33,000 a year in school taxes even though they have 2 or 3 kids in government schools. Like the people in government housing, they are having their lifestyles subsidized by others.

They willingly turn their kids over to government bureaucrats to be schooled and tell themselves that they are paying their own way. Their parents were subsidized and their grandparents were subsidized, and their great-grandparents were subsidized, so they see nothing wrong with being subsidized by others’ taxes. They are like the third and fourth generation in government housing who see nothing wrong with being subsidized. It is normal to them.

It never ceases to amaze me that people will oppose socialized medicine and turn around and use the same rational as the left uses to support that to support keeping socialized schooling. Yet, that is what far too many people who truly believe they are conservative will do whenever the subject is brought up.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 7:22:00 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SUSSA

For years we let these unions tighten the screws on education, and it is now at the equivalent level of General Motors. Deeply in debt and no one is buying the product.

It will now take a revolution to get their thieving hands out of the public till. Every state battle comes with death threats, demonstrating crowds, recalls, Occupy Wall Street idiots and the concomitant nonsense. Look at Wisconsin and multiply it by 50 times!


19 posted on 08/28/2012 10:33:36 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: SUSSA

For years we let these unions tighten the screws on education, and it is now at the equivalent level of General Motors. Deeply in debt and no one is buying the product.

It will now take a revolution to get their thieving hands out of the public till. Every state battle comes with death threats, demonstrating crowds, recalls, Occupy Wall Street idiots and the concomitant nonsense. Look at Wisconsin and multiply it by 50 times!


20 posted on 08/28/2012 10:33:43 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Titus-Maximus

I agree that it will be hard to implement even after selling the idea to a majority of the people. That is no reason to give up n stop advocating for a change to a capitalist schooling system.


21 posted on 08/28/2012 11:12:59 PM PDT by SUSSA
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