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home : opinions : your opinions January 25, 2015


5/8/2013 1:14:00 PM
School choice upsets gravy train
Tom Gjerde, Birchwood

I must respond to Mark Pedersen's letter to the editor last week. To start with, this response is not meant to impugn the public employee. For those of you that show up for work every day and try to achieve excellence and be the best you can be, bless your heart.
I thought most democrats were pro-choice; but when it comes to education, democrats and union bosses do not want you to have any choice at all. To illustrate this point, a few years back the head of the National Education Assn. said this at his retirement party, "It is not about the children. It is not even about education. It is about the money and the political power that comes with it."
Is this why Mr. Petersen wrote that he does not want to excuse anyone from funding public education and it must not change? School choice upsets the gravy train of money and politics for far too many union bosses and democrat politicians.
School choice is good because one size does not fit all. Parental concern for their children comes from the heart. Unions and Democrats are concerned about its monopoly over the tax dollars from those parents. So if parents want to enroll in any school out of district or home school, they should be free to do it. Let families shop for the school of their choice with their tax dollar. This way, families will not have to pay for education twice. This competition will make all educational institutions better. Mr. Petersen's claim that conservatives and some parents want to dismantle public education is false. We all want a great education for all children no matter what their educational choice might be. One size does not fit all children. Let parents shop for what they think is good for the hearts and minds of their child. If it is a public school, that's great; but let us have the freedom to investigate what is best for our children.
While Mr. Petersen likes monopolies, thinking people like choice. Mr. Petersen likes a one-size-fits-all approach. Thinking people know all children are gifted in different ways. Mr. Peterson thinks the state should control your tax dollars. Thinking people know they can spend their own money better than politicians like Democrat Steve Smith can. Public schools are good for some children. Competition for your tax dollar will make them better.
If the educational establishment gets its way and imposes common core standards on all of us, you can kiss educational freedom goodbye.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Caroline Dunham

In the early 60s my family lived in Eau Claire. We chose to send our daughters to a Lutheran elementary school. We paid for their schooling ourselves. We did not expect, nor want government financing. Today, I see no reason to change my position.
Caroline Dunham

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