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School Choice: Making the Grade

mhubbard Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:54 AM
The reason why school choice works is that the parents are involved in the school. Their even taking the effort to choose a school signals that theya re concerned about education. It ranks high in the family. Thus their students will be programed to do better in school. If parents would get involved in their local public schools, demand that their students come to school prepared and wanting to learn, then the public schools will do better, also. (No, I am not ignoring the fact that there are some bad teachers in public schools. There are bad teachers in provate schools, also. I taught in a private shcool where the administrator has placed emphasis on appeasing parents and keeping teachers that give out undeserved grades. Parents
mhubbard Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:55 AM
truly concerned, have moved their students to a different private shcool where rigor is upheld.)
Debi34 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 10:11 AM
So, those parents exercised their "choice" to move to a better private school! Shouldn't all parents have that "choice?" I agree that parents need to be involved, but there is so much more. After teaching in the public school for 25 years I've seen it all and I've had it. Next year will be my last year in the system and then I'm opening a private tutoring center. I can work with students whose parents DO care! Good teachers are fleeing in droves. Education is a complete mess in this country and I place 80% of the blame on our unions and only 20% on parents who don't care.

More than 200 organizations across the country are staging some 3,600 events to mark this year’s School Choice Week. But many grateful parents have reason to celebrate every week.

Just ask Joseph Kelley. A single father living in Washington, D.C., Kelley was shocked when his son Rashawn failed the first grade. Worse, his teachers didn’t even realize that he knew how to read. But rather than work to improve his vocabulary and get him up to grade level, the D.C. Public School System placed Rashawn in special-education classes.

Kelley knew his son was smart but wasn’t being well-served by his...