: "I think it's true, but you are always going to have the strings attached as long as you have the federal money coming in. That's why I would like to see us just abolish the U.S. Department of Education -- in which case, all the state departments of education are going to collapse because they get up to 80% of their operating budget from my old office.... then, we go back and restore the finest system the world has ever known. Now that to me would be even more devastating to the United Nations people -- the internationalists -- than getting out of the U.N. Because if the biggest country, the most important economic power in the world, the United States, all of a sudden decided to jump off board of the "School To Work" agenda, which is an international one, they are going to be in such trouble they will not know what to do."
A recent survey of public high schools students says that many of them do not like School-to-Work programs. They want academic programs -- not vocational, and they want higher academic standards.
This survey also stated that students and their parents know that they can get an education elsewhere, that they have choices. It no longer has to be the public school system -- they can get an education "through the air" -- via the internet.
Brick and mortar schools may be on their way out. Many states are now trying to attract home schooling students back to the public schools by offering on-line courses. Just give the public what it wants -- it seems that no one, parents or students, want STW programs.
Hillary, Marc, and Lamar Alexander might love STW programs, but the kids and their parents hate them.
posted on 04/13/2003 4:31:27 PM PDT
There is a woman in the San Francisco Bay area who has home schooled all her kids. Her daughter just went in the Army. The recruiters were surprised and elated that she scored remarkably high in just about every test. They gave her something like an $18,000 bonus for enlisting. They couldn't understand why she was so far superior to all the other recruits.Link Q & A
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