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.
What the voters need to do now is to get the states and school districts to give parents of students in alternative schools monetary support for their "school choices". Perhaps tax breaks or even a percentage of the money allotted to the state schools.
If you're talking about some form of vouchers, I'm all for it. But it's astounding how much resistance people have for it. People are fanatical about it and I can't understand why because people complain about the conditions of education more than any other topic.
I fully support public funding of education, but am opposed to government monopoly of schools. I think it would be good to have a 100 year plan to privatize all schools and have a tax payer-funded voucher system. Like the commies say, inch by inch anything's a cinch.
We home school. I've run into people at church, scouts, baseball, neighbors, our tenants in a rental, who also home school. People aren't even surprised by it these days. Of course, in OK we make it very easy to home school without interference from an institution. No paperwork required.
Yes, people are very resistant, some even hostile. I think it stems from a number of sources:
1. They can't imagine a world w/o public schools. Public schools have "always" existed, right?
2. They had that inspiring teacher. Well a few did, mostly they just hear stories of this or watch movies (Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds. Dead Poets Society, even though that was a private school teacher).
Oddly enough, I had some inspiring teachers, but I still recognize that the system is so flawed that homeschooling is far superior.
3. Jealousy & Resentment. Almost the opposite of #2, people say, "If I had to go to school, everyone should have to go to school."
4. Labor supporters. "That teacher has a master's degree, of course they deserve more money. We need to pay more taxes to pay for these teachers."
Don't discount the fact that many people are very concerned that kids in home or private school settings are going to learn the 'wrong things'. Though it's often couched in terms like 'socialization' and 'exposure to diversity' it's pretty clear that many people consider the primary function of public schools to be indoctrinating kids in the left-orthodoxy, especially if their parents wouldn't do it for political, cultural, or religious reasons.
People have a knee-jerk reaction that if you're offering an alternative to the status quo then you must be against public education. Some people make no distinction between the funding and the buildings.
There is also the large group of people who really don't want to take an active role in educating their children. They just want to drop their kids off for the day and the sooner the better. Thirty years ago I started kindergarten at age six. These days four is the normal age to enter the school system. Free daycare.
In a society that is virtually 100% literate, why isn't reading and basic math a prerequisite for entering school? Ask a mom that if you want her to think you're Satan.
#1.1.1 Point 4- It seems all districts have mandatory continuing education requirements that continually and perpetually make teachers acquire Master's degrees for continued employment in the "trade". Additionally, does every district need a ridiculously-paid "Curriculum Coordinator"? From how many publishers and or e-learning options may a district choose? Should it not be that the "smartest district" in the state should be copied by all the under performers when it comes to "learnin' things"? But at least we can now fire all librarians and burn the libraries and books because they are now racist: