Many parents of the students that I work with won’t even come to school for conference, or talk on the telephone regarding their child. They also don’t provide a winter coat for their child, and tell the child to figure out dinner plans for themselves. They won’t attend any school events or come to watch their child in the school play. When we offer tutoring, and other special programs, the student has no ride home. In fact, many of these parents are happy when their child stays home several days in a row to baby-sit the other children in the family, so they (the parent) won’t have to get up off of the sofa to watch the other children themselves. We work with all of the other children who have a parent or guardian who cares, and we all strive together for the benefit of the child. It’s amazing! These students are tremendously successful. We have sent many of the students on to educational endeavors at the finest schools in the nation. Even some of the students who have no home support at all have been highly successful at our high school and continued in their education by pursuing college degrees at great schools across the nation. We, the public school teachers, served as the mentors, role models, and motivational experts, and served as the turning point in the lives of these students as we carry forth with our ministry of education and caring in the public schools.
Over at Red State, Hoosier Teacher made the following comment: “How do the statements about the goodness and capability of public school teachers have any bearing on the argument of whether the government should be in the business of educating children?”
Dear Hoosier Teacher: I am a conservative at heart, but tell me, where would the resources for a quality school program for ALL children come from if not from the government? A proper education for all is one of the core values of our American culture. The government is the only appropriate source of funding in today’s world if we wish to meet the goal of educating everyone. As a culture, we demonstrate our value on people by the amount of their paycheck. Are you suggesting that teacher’s are over paid?
Also at Red State The Sophist says, “The responsibility of educating children belongs to their parents and their families, not to teachers.”
To The Sophist I say, “Right On!” Professional Educators can work best and provide the best opportunities for students while stretching and challenging the students when parents and teachers work together. In his comments, the Sophist elaborates upon the collapse of the family, and the failure of liberal policies to fix these complex problems. Again, I agree very strongly. None of this challenges the ability of a strong public school to get the job done the best.
Jake Jacobson asks this question, “How would you respond to the endless polls that show the teaching profession overwhelmingly staffed by liberals? In fact liberals of a rather extreme stripe?”
There are many liberals in the classroom; however, I must once again make the distinction between the urban school districts and suburban or rural districts. There are many of us conservatives out there, and we are teaching our students the basic curriculum. There is not bias in everything. Many of us are fair and balanced, and we certainly have no reason to engage a political debate every day.
One final note: home school can NEVER provide all of the necessary laboratory sciences, language experts, performing and visual arts specialists, and home schooling can never provide an athletic team, a world famous choir, a competitive gifted and talented program, or all of the other components of a quality, well-rounded educational program necessary for success in today’s world. As a product of the public schools, I am proud of the achievements of all of our students. Despite this organized effort to discredit public education, great things happen every day in the public schools.