Why school choice won't get here fast enough
When I was in school, I went to public school bookended by stints at private school. I’ve seen a bit of everything, in that regard, including secular and religious instruction, to some degree.
So when I tell people I’m a school choice supporter, they need to understand I’ve seen both sides of it.
But there’s another reason to support school choice, and that’s the fact that progressive policies have made so many public schools into Thunderdome.
A 200-pound Ontario middle schooler was getting ready to pummel his classmate when a group of teachers escorted him to an office where they hoped to calm him down — instead, he proceeded to ram into the two adults, a man and a woman, for the better part of an hour, leaving them shaken and bruised. He never faced any consequences.
“You should have seen their bruises. The guy’s back is totally messed up. The girl still has arm issues,” Margaret, a teacher with over a decade of experience in Ontario’s public schools, told National Review.
Worried about the potential repercussions, the teachers who were assaulted were not able to physically restrain the student, nor did senior school administrators expel him.
“All he got was an in-school suspension. His mom came to pick him up, asked if he wanted dumplings, and they left. There were no consequences,” Margaret said.
Now, let’s think about this for just a second.
A middle school student assaults multiple teachers, and the teachers are the ones worried about repercussions?
What in the hell?
And I’ve had people ask why I support school choice. This. This is why. This is the reason I think good, decent kids should be able to leave failing, dangerous public schools and find alternatives.
Then, of course, we have the fact that if the school isn’t educating people appropriately, parents can elect to go elsewhere. They can’t really do that with a failing public school system.
Yet let’s understand that what we see above isn’t isolated.
No, it’s not an everyday occurrence at every school by any wild stretch of the imagination, but it’s still a thing that happens with startling regularity. Teachers get assaulted. Teachers worrying so much about being punished that they can’t even handle a student that is clearly dangerous to them.
Then we couple that with the other category of teacher—and I won’t say there’s no overlap here, mind you—that instead sees their job as taking taxpayer money to indoctrinate your kids.
With all of this, is it any wonder that so many places are moving toward school choice?
Of course, a lot of politicians disagree.
School choice advocate Corey DeAngelis, who has written on the topic extensively, has a frightening ability to swoop in on Twitter to point out to these politicians how often they went to private schools. Still others talk so glowingly about the glories of public education while sending their own kids to private school.
But they’re not the ones who have experienced this kind of violence or the kind of indoctrination our kids see every single day. They’re fine with using taxpayer money to fill our kids’ heads with stuff that has no business being part of their school day, too.
Well, I do. I have a problem with it.
My own home state of Georgia is considering school choice this year, and I’m praying it passes. For all the kids’ sakes.
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What you don't see in the headlines are the kids, or entire classes full of kids that will absolutely take over the classrooms with the teachers helpless to do anything because school policy lets them get away with it. I have friends still in the classroom and every year it gets worse.
The political garbage is bad enough but I've heard too many horror stories about how the public schools handle (actually don't handle) students being bullied.
Things like kids being punished for fighting back, etc.
The only times that the public schools seem concerned about bullying is when the "victims" are "special people".
IE, when minorities, gays or trans are the victims. They don't worry about regular kids being bullied.
Of course, when it's a white kid being bullied by black kids, then it's the Fault of the white kid.
And then, if a bunch of girls harass a boy, then the schools say that it's the boy's fault. (Talk to Sarah Hoyt about the girls who harassed her son and the school's reaction.)