It's a NEWS story on OneNewsNow. Conservative folks must be looking preeeetty askance at public education if it makes news when someone from their camp says it's ok to send your kid to school. It sounds like something out of the Onion or something... an Evangelical pastor who ACTUALLY uses the public ed system! *gasp*
You know, when I took journalism classes we were explicitly taught that the news was to involve the unusual. "Dog Bites Man" is not news, but "Man Bites Dog" would be. Here we have a NEWS story that says "Your Child Can Thrive in Public School." Well, it's possible, anyway, the reporter implies. Maybe. If you do your devotions in the morning. Go read the article for yourself and see if you don't come away with that idea.
The entire story is really just a plug for a book written by parents of eight children who have been through/ are going through public schools.
I've said this a billion times, but it bears repeating. Patrick and G are in public school. The staff I've seen at this particular building have been helpful for the most part and considerate. I even had one email me a couple days back and ask how she could help G do well in drama class, and related that she had already contacted his case manager to find out more about him. Isn't that great? Doesn't that scream, "I want to include this child and be aware of how his autism is going to need to be accomodated in my class?" Well, it did to me. It was a very sweet and concerned letter.
Oh, drifting off course... correcting...
So the older boys are in public school. I'm not going to disagree with the idea that your child "can thrive" in public school. Whatever.
Maybe it's just me thinking this...
The tone of the news stories on OneNewsNow seems to be a "take back the schools" rallying cry. Some of these schools aren't worth taking back. Some of these places, I can't imagine sending a child I love into those buildings. Not that your child isn't worth saving. Not that your child isn't worth "taking back" the schools. I'm just parenting MY kid, though, and imperfectly at that. It isn't that I don't care. It's just that I'm too overwhelmed with my own problems to take on yours, too.
But books like this just kill me. I clicked the "about" the authors on their website. It appears (unless district lines are drawn funny) they live in this district with only about 2500 kids, located in "rural/suburban countryside nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, and is surrounded by farmland and seven lakes."
Um, are you feeling that you're going to get really rough and tumble advice from this book about how to deal with problems in YOUR school district? Gimme a break.
I have to call it as I see it.