This is assuming that all private schools will cost $4,000 a year. Many cost more. What about those kids and parents? This effectively limits poor parents to a $4,000 private school.
Originally posted by W. Luke
Another reason vouchers should be approved is that the poor should have the same opportunity for an education as the rich do.
Well I'd diagree with this statement. In fact, the biggest problem I face is that ALL of the child's education happens at school. Not enough happens at home. In fact, in mant cases, nothing happens at home. These kids don't know their own address, phonenumber, nor birthdate. This isn't something I should have to teach my class, yet I am forced to.
While not all teachers are bad, very little education goes on in public schools today, they are too worried about weapons, gangs and drugs to teach properly, this can be evidenced by annual test scores, an average 8 grade reading level for the nation and the dumbing down of our society.
We have to have minimums in place. Everyone tries to enroll their children early. This isn't a race, and just like driving a car, minimums have to be set. While it is great she helps her brother, I hope you are there *with* her helping both of them? Anyway, I'm sure you are helping them, but often my kids ONLY help at home is from other siblings. Little to no parental involvement. Also, girls tend to be better students than the boys so don't be surprised is she will always be able to help her brother even thgouhg she is younger. This is typical.
My 4 year old daughter was refused entry into public Kindergarten this year because of her age, yet she helps her 8 year old brother with his 3rd grade homework.
You'd think since not much education takes place, we'd have all sorts of time to fit in extra help during the day, but there isn't a magic block of time to give special help to children who need it. Specialists are sometimes spread to more than one school due to lack of funding, and yes, I have students who miss reading because they can't speak properly. I can also send two students to a reading specialist. Too bad I have about 5 who need it.
When I was in school, if you lagged behind in one subject you got tutoring after school. My son had speech problems due to mouth surgery when he was two. So they took him out of reading so that he could go to speech therapy. Now they say he has a reading and comprehension problem and want to take him out of math so he can do extra reading. I guess next year he'll be behind in math since thay wanted him to miss it this year and the year after that science so he can make up the math.
This comes down to specific cases. One child has been retained already, we can't hold him back again until he reaches 4th grade. He basically missed 2nd grade two years in a row since he couldn't see the board. He needed glasses. I threatened his mother (something I could easily lose my job for), and told her not to send him to school without a eye examination document from a eye doc. She decided not to send him the next day, called the principal, and sent me a note begging me not to suspend her child. The next day, he came back with the doctor's examination and a week later with glasses. He can now read the board. NOW, I can start teaching him.
He still can't read. Why, well he doesn't have ONE book in his house! Not one. I know this from another source (another child I had last year is his neighbor). Hmmmm... connection?
I also make the children take a spelling pre-test at home the day before the test (on Friday). This child brings in a pre-test with all but 3 wrong! Parent's signature on the top. Wouldn't this give YOU a red flag that little jimmy needs to study a bit? You'd think eh?
This is what I have to deal with every day. Children that live with their 5 brothers and sisters in ONE bedroom (that's 6 in total, ranging from 1st grade to highschool, in one room).
Over 75% of my kid's parents and/or siblings are in gangs. Over 75% of my kid's parents either ARE in jail now, or have been in jail recently. Many of my kids either share their living space with two or more siblings, and in some cases, they live and sleep in the same room as their parent (these children live with their mothers for the most part). They are from violently abusive homes where dad drinks and beats their mothers (3rd graders don't know better than to tell you everything that happens at home). You'd think the other children would gasp, but they just nod, "Yep, my daddy threw my baby brother at my mommy".
While this is a wonderful thing for people like you Wayne, just keep in mind that by voting yes, you are giving $4,000 to these people as well. The chilren with stable home lives and parents that work with them ontheir homework excel in school. The children who do not have this tend to have problems (beyond those caused by operation as with your case).
Anyway, I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. I fear that this measure will leave public schools with less money (again this happens through indirect ways), and with only the poorer, less fortunate children.
[Edited by Chicken on 11-04-2000 at 02:16 PM]