Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Greatest Scandal

On Monday, July 28, The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece called “The Greatest Scandal.” The article begins with a daring statement: “The profound failure of inner-city public schools to teach children may be the nation’s greatest scandal.”

The author compares John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s stances on this issue and says “the facts support Senator McCain,” who wants to give “parents that choice and children that opportunity” to pursue alternative forms of education like better public schools, charter schools, and private schools.

Wait…aren’t they forgetting something? What about the approximately 2 million families who have chosen to center their children’s education from home? (See NHERI statistics).

Think of all the choices they're leaving out of the conversation! ...programs like CC combined with community college, part-time coursework at local high schools, satellite programs, co-ops, traditional homeschool curriculums, and the wealth of technology and opportunities available to students in the U.S.

I hope if McCain and Obama debate education in the near future, their conversation won’t leave us similarly out of the picture. If they do, the idea of choice will become a very narrow one.

Let’s consider ALL of the choices and alternatives available in education and encourage our political candidates to do the same.

2 comments:

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I feel so special having one smart momma on my blog.:)
Heather casually mentioned starting CC retreats...I would love to talk with you more about that.:)

Jennifer Nevarr said...

Here's a Voddie Baucham quote

"If you send your children to Caesar, don't complain when they come home acting like Romans."

And another thing he said that stuck in my mind
"Luke 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained shall be like his teacher. (NIV)
Who do you want your student to be like?"
And frankly, that verse scares me some days! No pressure......