A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.
American public schools are falling apart, and no amount of money will save them IF … IF the parents of each student are unwilling or uninvolved with their child. Think about it.
Today’s parents have a baby, married or not. At some point within the first 6 months, that baby is enrolled in daycare. No morality, no ethos is permitted to be taught. No discipline other than to maintain rudimentary safety. Most daycares have issues with biting and spitting, not to mention toilet training problems. Teachers are not required any special training other than high school, although some states promote “certification.” While some special needs can be diagnosed as early as 2 or 3 years old, little effort is usually made to get the child the special help needed.
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The baby spends the three or four years in the daycare system and then moves on to pre-school. As soon as the child is old enough, he is shuttled to public school where he is plugged into the system, and the indoctrination begins in earnest. The school feeds him, schools him as they believe he should be schooled, and tests him accordingly. From first grade through 12th grace, (unless he is one of the many drop-outs who give up on the system that has tried to pigeon hole him unsuccessfully) the child learns what he is taught – memorizes the correct answers. Children learn quickly what is “pleasing” and what is not, but they are seldom given consequences that matter.
The college application process begins, and once again, the student must test to enter. But most students have by this time “learned” the test system and how it works. The regurgitate the “correct” answers and attend the school of their choice where they are fed the most lop-sided, inexcusable leftist bologna, at an outrageous fee that either the state pays or daddy pays. When the finally graduate with their liberal arts degree, they are wonderfully trained and prepared … for NOTHING! Unless they know someone or make use of the military, the well-trained but uneducated students are cast adrift in our unruly economy. It is any wonder there is unrest in the streets?
1. Parents no longer parent their children. As a rule, both parents, if there are two parents, work outside the home and leave the child-rearing to the state. They no longer teach “manners” or any “rights and wrongs” in social behavior. If parents do not train their children in acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, who will? Daycares are not allowed. Public schools/teachers are not allowed. So then the neighborhood kids will teach the “values” of the street. Some parents actually try to negotiate with toddlers for “good” behavior! Parents no longer potty train their children by age two, or wean them off a bottle by age 1. And while these things may not seem of a vital interest, when lumped together, they spell negligence in parenting!
2. The Teachers’ Unions have shown their true colors, too. They are more interested in their own pay checks than in truly educating our children. They, too, are disallowed any real disciplinary measures for unruly students in their care.
3. School curricula is out of touch with reality. They teach “a mile wide and an inch deep!” They touch on many issues and topics, but fail to thoroughly educate the students in the basic needs of reading, writing, and practical & applicable math concepts. The school money is spent on football because that is what brings in the money. Just like teachers are motivated by money, so school curricula is designed with money in mind.
4. Local school boards have their hands tied. Between the designated funds they are given to work with and the demands of the various “tests,” not only do teachers teach to the test, but administrations designate funds by the test + football!
The hope for public education? PARENTS! Parents must re-examine their priorities all the way down to the reasons they pro-create. Why have children if you are simply going to allow the state to raise them and train them? Our children are screaming out today for love and attention. They are literally dying for parental love, for boundaries, for caring that goes beyond the latest gadget. We are losing them … Yesterday’s shooting is a case in point.
Rick Santorum believes that education is the responsibility of the consumer, the parent. Putting “parents first” is how best we put “students first”. Parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children with local school systems supporting, as desired. As a homeschooling parent and consumer of different schools, he has learned the importance of flexible and personalized approaches to education for each child to best maximize their potential.
Parents are still a child's best teacher and best motivation to achieve!
The federal role in education is very limited. Education is the responsibility of parents, local schools (public and private), and states in that order. The President can and should inspire toward educational excellence and personalization of learning. The federal government’s role is limited to areas such as supporting civil rights protections such as IDEA in a common sense fashion, enabling essential research, and promoting equality of opportunity where needed.
President Bush was on the mark about the soft bigotry of low expectations and the offensively low graduation rates in many of our cities. Today, there are still many parents without good educational options for their children. The problem is that the solution is not a federal one, it is a state and principally local one. Parents and citizenry should hold schools accountable and have educational options for their children. Baby steps were taken in this direction in No Child Left Behind, but it should have been initiated at the local level where the consumers, taxpayers, and children are. States may choose to adopt common core standards, but they should not be forced on states, private schools, or home schools.
Reforms at the local level should be focused on expanding consumer choice in public, private, and personalized education, attracting the best teachers to be competitive as a nation, and rewarding excellence, innovation, and personalizing to the needs of individual students rather than governments or unions. Local schools and states should expand online learning options and lift any caps on charter schools as well. There are many inspiring examples of effective teachers, schools, and learning around our nation which parents are seeking out to support them in their role. Rick Santorum believes that we need more.
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