A call for separation of school and state

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 08 Mar 2007 11:26:34 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Jeff Jacoby at The Boston Globe - a mainstream newspaper allows a rational viewpoint. Wow! Want your kids to have an education you and they desire? Get them out of the government schools. And do everything in your power to eliminate the concept of "public" school. [clairefiles]

WHATEVER ELSE might be said about it, US District Judge Mark Wolf's decision in Parker v. Hurley is a model of clear English prose.

"The constitutional right of parents to raise their children does not include the right to restrict what a public school may teach their children," Wolf unambiguously wrote in dismissing a suit by two Lexington couples who objected to lessons the local elementary school was teaching their children. "Under the Constitution public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy."

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What We Have a Right to Expect

Submitted by Rick Wolff on Sat, 17 Mar 2007 14:01:08 GMT

Food stamps provide basic nutrition, and when they're used to buy anything tastier, we Americans rightly object. When housing for the homeless is anything more than a weather-tight shelter and a cot, we sense an abuse in the system. Yet we expect nothing less than a world-class government education on the other guy's tab. Why is that? When it appears that public schools provide a bare subsistence education in crowded and unsanitary conditions, that seems fine to me. What else should we expect?

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