We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here’s the question we Democrats need to ask ourselves: Are we beholden to the public school system at any cost, or are we beholden to the public school child at any cost? My loyalty and my duty will always be to the children.
Not everyone bought it. In fact, most of my Democrat friends remained adamantly opposed to vouchers. It was interesting, though: they were always opposed to the broad policy, but they could never reconcile their logic when thinking at the individual-kid level.
You know, of course, that the next logical step is to do away with public schools.
I put one kid through RC schools. I have another still in RC high school.
The wife and I work at fundraisers (we also attend them, which all good RC's know is quite fun). Money raised at the fundraisers keeps tuition down and provides scholarships. A lot more could be provided in scholarships if I wasn't paying over $3,700 in school taxes in addition to the RC tuition.
I am optimistic. I think technology will fix this problem, allowing the RC system to greatly expand the number of students served. Other churches will get in on this too.
The public schools will soon only serve those students whose parents don't care.
(Sort of off topic: That recent Department of Education ruling that public school sports must serve disabled students just hammered another nail in the coffin of K-12 education.)
Michelle Rhee avoids the real question: "why is she a Democrat?"
She focuses, rightly, on vouchers and school choice, but she shouldn't be afraid to go to the next logical level.
Democrats policy prescriptions harm the poor and the middle class. Higher taxes hurt the poor especially, costing jobs and retarding social mobility. Government intrusion into the mortgage markets make mortgages less available. Government sponsored college loans have raised the cost of education to outrageous levels, even whil diluting it's value as crony Democrats have started up diploma mills to soak up as much of the government loans as possible.
We could all go on and on, as (probably) could Michelle Rhee. Why then is she a Democrat?