Friday, December 18, 2009

"Taunton second-grader sent home over drawing of Jesus"

Massachusetts taxpayers’ dollars at work:

So my question is this: How much truth is there to the claim that my co-worker was making--that public schools are a dumping ground for adults of second-rate intellect? And at what point, if any, should parents with wisdom and conscience just divest from public schools and get their kids outta there? There must be someone here with an opinion on the subject. ;)


D.B. said...

Aw man, so many good questions and a variety of possible answers. :-) I've got the politically-correct-I-would-like-a-job answer or...who am I kidding, I'll answer as honestly and graciously as I can.

There are 2 different answers depending on elementary vs. HS, too.

I think there are many 2nd rate folks, but I also think there are many who do an outstanding job. I think there is less intellectual rigor, in part because of the liberal "takeover" of academia (whether college or lower).

Think about a few gerations ago; folks didn't have degrees, credentials, but we were still able to produce a relatively well-thinking individual.

On the get-your-kids-out question, I am leaning toward homeschooling (at least upper grades), but since Tracy would be the one to do that, it is still in the air. As a parent, I am concerned about the direction public education is headed.

Where a child can be taken w/o permission to get an abortion, but if she shares an Advil, she is suspended and sent to drug counseling; something is wrong with some of these educators.

When a kid like this is sent home because of a drawing of Jesus, or because they made "gun-finger" at someone, but we should teach them that homosexual (and hetero)sex is okay and w/o consequence; something is seriously wrong.

So much more to add but not the time. :-) I think the problems with education really start happening in JH/HS. There are many capable, intelligent, caring folks in Elementary, but the moral, spiritual attacks in HS cause me more concern.

D.B. said...

Hey, Kwame, just wanted to say that some of the facts seem to be in question in this story. I haven't looked into it; just have seen conflicting stories.

Kwame E. said...

Thanks for the tip. It's not good to issue false reports.

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D.B. said...

Thanks Anonymous. That is definately due to bringing on Kwame as a contributor. :-) Especially since this is his post. How did you come across the blog?