A new cornerstone piece on public education by Allison Benedikton on Slate.com titled, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person,” was shocking but consistent and clearly revealed that liberals value the word “education,” as long as the word “public,” precedes it. According to the author, public schools continue to fail because parents are sending their children to private schools, instead of public schools. Parents who spend their hard earned money to send their children to private schools are in fact destroying the fabric of America’s public education: which is immoral. For liberals, abortion is not a moral issue but rather an issue of liberty and choice. Education whether public, private or charter, should have the same application of liberty and personal choice. Unfortunately, allowing freedom and choice in education would require an admission of failure and for liberals to turn their back on a core government institution.
OK. Reading this headline got me excited mainly due to curiosity and then outraged because I really do care about the education system in the United States. What could have this school done? What laws did they break that caused a 15,000 fine? Were drugs being sold in the school? Did another teacher have a sexual relationship with a student? Was the principal or teachers in the school turning a blind eye to some kind of corruption or possibly involved themselves in some sinister plot?
At first glance, I thought maybe the $15,000 fine was due to the useless AIMS testing that school administrators fear and maybe tried to bump up their scores for David High School to continue to receive allocated government funding. All of my guesses were wrong; very wrong.