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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

lshort Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:28 AM
Repulsive. Nice to know what you all really think of those of us who grew up in poor, dysfunctional families...sad to have to remind you, but that wasn't really our fault, what family we were born to, was it? And no, having the misfortune to be born into povery and dysfunctionality does not at all predict one's innate ability to learn academic subjects...hopefully none of you really think it does and you're saying so because you're jerks, not because you're really that stupid. If not for free public school, I would be an illiterate drain on society, though, because my alcoholic mother could barely be bothered to get me to school even when the law was there forcing her to do so--she almost lost custody of my sister for that exact...
orlandocajun Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 11:17 AM
I don't blame kids or schools. I blame bad parenting. It sounds like you've been able to overcome bad parenting, but sadly most kids don't. Without parental guidance, it is rare that kids, especially middle school and up, go to school with the intent to learn and better themselves. I've read many comments here and I don't read anyone criticizing people in your situation. Good parents can overcome just about any challenge for their kids. I'm guessing that you'll be a good one some day if you already aren't.
lshort Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 12:19 PM
I agree; it is very hard to overcome bad parenting, and it is not the most common outcome. Unfortunately I didn't get very far into the comments section before coming across this gem:

"at risk is the "education" of a large group of welfare brats, who are incapable of being educated under any circumstances. amusing."

And there are others. :(
lshort Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 12:23 PM
Actually I didn't turn out to be as good a parent as I'd have liked. My kids have never known a day of fear, cold, hunger or shame...and I think I swung the pendulum a little too far the other way, because they seem to lack drive, as well. They'll do anything to please me, which includes getting decent grades and behaving well in school and avoiding any drinking/smoking/drugs/illegal behaviors/etc like the plague, but because they want for nothing, they seem to have no ambition to do anything other than trundle along the path of least resistance. Or at least, that's the way it *was*--my older son decided to enlist in the military after HS grad and I think he's changed a lot in the past year and a half because of his experiences with it.
orlandocajun Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 1:02 PM
Don't pay much attention to morons. The world's full of them. It appears to me that your son is indicative of your parenting. When I was young, all young men were obligated to serve military service. I think that it was a mistake doing away with that. I'm sure that you son is a fine young man and I honor his service to his country.

I've raised teens and it's not uncommon to see good parenting results until they become adults, and especially, when they have their own children. Keep the sounds like you've been a good parent.
Rondoman Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 AM
You obviously do not know who Star Parker is. She lifted herself out of the lowest dregs of society to become what she is now. She is truly a model of someone who came from the lowest point in human existence and rejected it all for Godly conservative family values. There is no one anywhere who can speak so strongly from personal experience as Ms. Parker. She is speaking of what her life was until she repented and turned it around. She truly is a "Star."
lshort Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:39 AM
My comment wasn't address to the article author--I was interested enough in the article to read the comments section, and my comment was addressed to a large number of commenters who had extraordinarily ignorant and repellent ideas about, apparently, children of Star Parker's background as well as my own.
lshort Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:30 AM
...reason. However, since there WAS free public education that my mother HAD to let me attend, I not only am not a drain on productive society, I've probably made a significant contribution to the health of some of the commenters on this article and/or their loved ones.
It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor.

Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents?

The answer, of course, is neither side.

Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city.

No one solely represents the interests of the kids.

It’s not to say that...