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.
"That is almost 8 out of 10 people disapproving of government’s handling of our education system."
Call me cynical, but they don't really care what "we" want. Our children are not our own. When they can be confiscated and become wards of the state over petty infractions such as "messy house", "unFDA approved vitamins/drugs on premises" and playing outside unmonitored on our property, our children are no longer "ours".
They Are property of the state.
Nothing is going to change until people become accountable for their actions.
Took the time to find a Methodist school that said it was 'academically rigorous'. He went through 8 years there, got exposed to courses in Logic and Latin.
Went into regular high school - a local 'good one' - and he found 9th grade almost pathetically easy. HE was the one who requested more work, and got transferred into advanced classes.
He's gone further in math and chemistry in HS than I ever did. (Yeah, I was a slacker.) He's looking towards a career in pharmacy or chemical engineering - and I think he'll do fine.
Our local elementary school (before we moved and got him into the Methodist school) was ranked at the 29th percentile for a 48th ranked state. We could have taught him to make change and say "Would you like fries with that" and he'd have been set for life - but we wanted more for him than that.
Every year, the school board here announces school assignments. Parents may have moved to a certain neighborhood so their kids would have the benefit of a particular school but those plans could go up in smoke because of a decision from the government's education bureaucracy and have no recourse. It's always amazed me that people will sit still for the government telling them where to send their kids to school.
Of course, this dovetails into the new stricter anti segregation housing rules Obummer announced because part of the reason for them is so that poorer kids would not be relegated to the crappy schools the (largely demoncrat) local school boards set up in their neighborhoods.
We have done something about it. We are homeschooling. If our 6 year old were to enroll in kindergarten it would be a pretty big setback. And we live in a good school district.
I think it's disturbing that people encourage lowering the age to begin full time school. I can't believe people send a 4 year old to school for eight hours a day. The sad thing is that many people use school as a baby sitter so they can have a two income family. They care more about comfort than they do about a child's future.
I do support public funding of education, though. Everyone should have access to an education for their children. But a voucher system is the only way to do it fairly. I wish I could send my kids to school for a few hours a week in classes of my choice. It works for college.