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No, Patriot is absolutely correct. It IS that bad in every school district. It has been shown time and again that "everyone" thinks that the educational system has deteriorated, but parents routinely give their children's schools higher marks. If each person's school system "does a pretty good job" but the state of the educational system is "terrible," a disconnect in logic exists. YOUR school system is not immune. And if it were, COMMON CORE, is the exact thing that is designed to fix that. If there is an awww shucks small town school district with great teachers and a solid curriculum, you can kiss it good bye. It's insidious. I have very young children, and I heard a mother of elementary age kids say regarding private school: "We know that the education of our children is OUR responsibility as parents. We also know that schools have our children for more waking hours of the day than we do, AND, they have them during the learning process. We feel it is important that the school is aligned with us in what we are teaching our children in the home. It's not just the quality of the education, it is also the content." That hit me like a MACK truck. To those who would argue that they don't want their children "sheltered" from exposure to many viewpoints, I can assure you, common core espouses only one viewpoint. This is a battle for hearts and minds. I have read studies that suggest a person's worldview is formed by the age of 9. 8 hours a day, 5 days a week...who is shaping your child's worldview? Private school is not for the rich. It is for the willing. I heard parents I respect say referring to their private school, "I would skip lunch and eat cereal for dinner to afford to send my children to this school" Would the NEA eat cereal to educate your kid???
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