Carol Platt Liebau: Teachers' Union Irony

Monday, July 24, 2006

Teachers' Union Irony

Phyllis Schlafly points out that while public school teachers call for every conceivable type of diversity among teachers themselves (and were even considering an official endorsement of same sex marriage), they are considerably less "open-minded" when it comes to tolerating a diversity of educational choices for the children they claim to care about so much. As Mrs. Schlafly points out, they've passed resolutions against "voucher plans, tuition tax credits, parental option or choice plans, sectarian schools, for-profit schools, distance learning, and home schooling."


Blogger eLarson said...

The "choice" that dare not speak its name.

5:32 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

In other words, they are against any policy that will give unfair advantage to kids who have rich parents.

And I agree with that.

The kids from poor backgrounds should not be punished just because the system made them poor.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Greg said...


Come on! Wealthy families already have the ability to send their children to whichever school they choose. A voucher program would give lower income families that same choice.

This issue is too important for the future of our children and our nation to be sullied with class politics.

Tell me why you would oppose allowing any family to choose which school they send their children to using the very tax money we all pay for the purpose of educating our children.

The only logical opposition I can see to this idea is that it might (would) force all schools to perform at a level that would attract students.

That's actually a good thing. But I can see where entrenched beauracracies would fear that kind of challenge.

6:24 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Well, OSO is a well known socialist on this page, so his position isn't surprising. Have the Government DECIDE what's best for your children.

Greg, you are spot on. School competition is the only way to make them better. Otherwise, they just stay status quo.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Actually, I give Salient credit for thoughtful posts - usually.

He is definitely to the left of me. But he usually doesn't engage in mindless flaming.

8:42 AM  
Blogger amber said...

Home schooling is the best option I see. The parent has control, as long as they care about their child's eduaction. My problem with the public school was when I tried to work with them about issues, they had no clue what to do or were unwilling to do the things that would work best. Is your child bored and distracting in class? give them drugs! I use and I love them. Their program is so good, and I do not have to mees with figureing out what the kids need to learn. They even have virtual public schools in a lot of states that are free because they are a public "home school" online. I did not choose that option for my children because I wanted to be flexible with vacations since my husband is deployed, but when he gets back I may switch. No matter how hard they try to block school choice, it will happen because so many parents are getting sick and tired of the amoral agenda of the public schools, especially in California. The problem with California is that they are one of, if not the, biggest purchaser of educational materials, so if you live in Kentucky, it is cheaper for your school district to buy what California does instead of try and make a publishing company make what you see is appropriate. My town has 5,000 people in it. MOst of them are elderly. 50 families homeschool. That is a LOT, compared to the past where maybe only one or two did and solly because of spiritual reasons.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

When Congress first passed
the public school act, one
of the "whereas" clauses specifically states, "To teach our childern to read and write, with the Bible
as the main textbook" How
did we get so far off base?

9:47 PM  

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