"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

America's Disdain for its Children

America's Disdain for its Children by Valerie Strauss
If we did actually give a hoot about kids: 
  • We would never tolerate a poverty rate among children of 21 percent.
  • We would never pretend that any single institution, especially public schools, can overcome the problems caused by a life in poverty. 
  • We would stop our hypocrisy over standardized tests.
  • We would not demonize teachers, but rather treat them as professionals.
  • We would stop thinking that we can tell anything about really young kids by subjecting them to silly tests...Quality pre-kindergarten would be a national priority.
  • We would stop underfunding public school systems. 
  • We would stop pretending that charter schools are the be-all and end-all of public education.
  • We would stop pretending that teachers unions are the cause of all of the ills of public education,
  • We would really try to consider what kids need and think.
  • We would remember that the public school system is our most glorious civic institution.
Valerie Strauss shows once more why she's one of the most important voices in education today.


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