Notice that this is a *private* school, not a public school. Notice, also, that according to William Bennett and other voucher proponents, as conservatives we are supposed to support the mass transfer of tax dollars to private/parochial schools through vouchers.
Why? At least if a public school in my area is spreading liberalism like this, I have some recourse - I can go to the principal, the superintendent, and ultimately the school board if necessary to get it stopped. If the school board doesn't respond, I can run for school board myself, and can encourage my friends to vote for me, and/or run themselves in a coalition.
None of this recourse is available to parochial school parents. Their school boards are usually appointed by the priest or at best are selected from members within the parish. They are ultimately not accountable even to parish members (just ask Catholic parents who are now homeschooling because their parish schools are too liberal.)
Enabling this system even further with tax money is a bad idea.
I agree with you somewhat; however, if you live in the inner city as I do, any school, even a very liberal one, is better than what is taught in public schools. Even this school with all it's liberalism still must adhere to basic Catholic principles: 10 commandments, sacraments, etc. and is 100 times better than most of these public schools you find in urban areas.
Home Schooling isn't an option for many parents, therer are single parent homes, homes where both parents must work, etc. Vouchers should still be an option and don't worry, parents aren't going to fill up all of the schools with their kids. Many do like their public schools.
posted on 12/18/2002 8:40:56 AM PST
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