Today's MUST READ is at the City Paper and is the debut work, for them, of Liz Garrigan formerly of the Nashville Scene. She deserves roses (or the flowers of her choice) for her work this morning. She says it plainly and I dearly hope folks are willing to listen and change their ways. Legislators, especially, need to heed these words.
"Their underdog foes, meanwhile, are not only children — who can’t vote, drive or earn a living — but also poor ones at that. They are kids, many of them who have but one parent, who qualify for free- and reduced-lunches, have no books at home and an unfortunate scarcity of adult role models.She's spot on here. ANY public brick and mortar union run school is, in their minds, far superior to ANY other education choice-- truth be damned. Never mind actual results or parent satisfaction, or taxpayer/voter support. They seem to have the mindset that the Pre-K-12 years of our children's lives belong to them as a right and they will not let go of them. Those now standing in the school house door are enabled in their tyrannical thinking by legislators who either owe them for political favors or are are actually one of their number.
What’s truly dangerous is the teachers’ myopic view, which seems to appraise existing schools, however academically insolvent, as more valuable than successful reform efforts. Essentially, the union is in defensive recoil, desperately afraid of competition, which is precisely the component that helps improve all schools. (Rising tides and all that…)"
It's got to stop. Charters are only part of the answer but it is THE answer for many of these children. Schools are not a full employment program for adults. They're a means to ensure an educated citizenry. It's time these education choice bigots learned a lesson and the legislature writes an Emancipation Proclamation that will allow more children the choice of using the education option that meet their needs. A successful public school shouldn't need Mafia style protection. A bad system only enables bad teachers and frustrates the good ones and the children suffer.
What's just unconscionable is that many of these same legislators pride themselves on being advocates and friends of the poor and downtrodden. What's that saying? It's how you treat the least of these that reveals your true character?
Take a moment and write/call legislators. This important issue will be voted on this week in the legislature. Make sure they hear from you. Tell them, ala Moses of so long ago..."Let the children go."