Carol Platt Liebau: Standing in the Schoolhouse Door

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Standing in the Schoolhouse Door

As John Stossel points out, opponents of school choice fear spending education money on something that's not proven -- preferring, evidently, to spend it on something that's been proven not to work. Shameful.

But, in fairness, parents deserve their share of the blame -- as this LA Times story highlights. Apparently, some students and parents have filed a class action suit against the State Board of Education. The goal? To permit tens of thousands of California students who have failed the exit exam to get their diploma without regard to whether they passed the English and math portions of the exam.

Amazing -- parents suing to secure their children's "right" to graduate without even minimal skills. Why aren't they suing the State Board of Education for having failed to education their childrne, despite having been given 13 years to do so?

And it's too bad taxpayers don't have standing to sue -- I'd be first in line at the courthouse door to object to $100,000 of tax money having been spent per student, and, apparently, for nothing.


Blogger wile e coyote said...

The two groups that own the Democrat Party are trial lawyers and public-employee unions.

Now the trial lawyers are suing so there will be no consequences for the public-school teachers' failures to educate children.

One hand (white)washes the other.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Orphan in Bama said...

Do you really think the Welfare State can function with educated people? It's simply a continuation of the dumbing down of Anerica where personal responsibility is being passed on to the Judiciary.

For the love of Pete, people...teach your children to read. It is your ultimate responsibility to see that your children are equipped to survive in the world, not the NEA or the ABA.


4:56 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Granted, Democrats were the party in power while America's educational system was surrendered to the teacher's unions, which in turn sold out lock, stock, and barrel to liberal social engineering theory.

However, Republican representation was not completely absent during that time. So Republicans deserve a fair share of the blame for not being better advocates for real education.

The good news for Republicans is that they are the party in power now that the absolute failure of the current system cannot be hidden any longer. They have the opportunity to be the party that actually fixes this broken system.

The chilling news for Republicans is that they are the party responsible for change and will be the party held accountable for what happens to our educational system from now on into the foreseeable future.

The good news for all Americans is that the end of a dreadful, socialist educational system is near. It won't be long before the public sees viable alternatives to the current system and demands change.

6:03 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Orphan again makes the point that is so obvious but the left never sees it that way: the Democratic Party is the party of irresponsibility.

Greg also makes a good point that Republicans need to use this opportunity to fix our failed system, less our children and grandchildren suffer the consequences of that failure.

I am blessed to be in a community that has excellent public schools. It's middle class America where the parents are very much involved in the lives of their children. And oh yeah, all the administrators and principles happen to be conservative Christians (but don't tell anyone)! Over 95% of the graduating class from the High School goes on to college every year.

Now we also have to reform the state supported colleges to not be so blasted liberal.

7:17 AM  

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