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To: workerbee

I know the majority of FReepers who have and do send their children to public school will be glad to know your low opinion of them!

...I note in your profile that you self describe as a Catholic...tell me, are you pleased with the state of Catholic education today...? Are you pleased with school after school shuttering its doors, for lack of enrollment due to parents being required to fund the public institutions regardless of their personal wishes...? And speaking of forced funding, are you as a public education devotee pleased with the devious practice of ‘hiding’ this funding under the guise of ‘property taxes’...? I mean, since we’re all so open and about in this society, should the public schools not just send out invoices for their services like any other industry is required to do, and have to collect their remuneration, as others must do...

...if you are indeed aligned with the practice of forcing people to ‘fund’ education with the threat of force being its primary ingredient, I ask that you defend it, rather than fall back on the lame ‘majority also does it’ excuse...let us offer that same majority an opportunity to do otherwise, and see how long the public model survives...
and by all means feel perfectly free to correct any typos I may have let slip through...I note your pleasure in doing so...


33 posted on 06/15/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: IrishBrigade
I'm not a "devotee". But I do get tired of seeing comments that paint every single public school situation, with the same brush. And to go into the ludicrous notion of "child abuse" is just knee-jerk ranting that should be beneath us.

I know there are terrible things going on in many public schools. But lately on FR, any positive experience is met with the hostility displayed here. As if the parents are either lying or too stupid to know "what's really going on." Whether one chooses to acknowledge it , or even finds it somehow "offensive", there are good public schools. That's just a fact. I really have to wonder if some of the commentors actually have any first-hand experience at all or are they just being "conservative cheshires."

You hit on a lot of things beyond the scope of what I was even saying here. I believe in school choice. I don't believe in the system as designed that forces you to a certain school due to your zip code, and I do think private school parents should be given tax relief or vouchers. Bring on the competition; it would improve the public schools and probably help moderate the cost of many private. Bottom line: I know families who are all public, who are all private/parochial, all home-school, and several who have used a mix of all three depending on the child and the need.

35 posted on 06/15/2014 2:43:40 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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