Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Charter schools deserve a fair chance

First of all, public schools are a good idea. Without them, some people would be stupider than they already are. Public schools take all comers, even bad kids. They are expected to teach lots of things that competent parents should have already handled. Many folks make a living out of bashing the education system and belittling teachers. That’s unfair and wrong.

Like everything else in the world, schools change. Despite the protests of some good people, charter schools are a good idea and worth a try. What’s wrong with having a theme for the curriculum, or getting parents to sign a contract promising to be directly involved in their children’s schooling? I don’t know a darned thing about raising kids, but that makes a certain amount of sense to me.

Now the Waltons are really behind charter schools, and to tell the truth that makes me wonder. Still, it is just illogical, and almost superstitious, to oppose reform merely because some suspicious rich people happen to be in favor of it. This may hurt a little, but it seems sometimes as if teachers expect things to remain in a continuous state of accepting whatever happens to be the status quo. That can never be. I hate change as much as the next guy, but it is a part of life.

(Broadcast July 10, 2007)

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