Monday, February 11, 2008

Legal and Logical

I came across this site who was commenting on the wonderfully written story in the NY Sun, Vouchers, Legal and Logical. The author clearly portrays vouchers as something that is not only beneficial to the students and the parents and why it is needed, but also shows that it is in fact legal. In our country, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have freedoms, choices, and rights. "We readily recognize that parents in a pluralistic society like ours have a right to raise their children as they see fit, within the bounds of law, instilling in them the values they hold dear. In Judaism ― and surely other belief systems and philosophies ― that is not only a right but a responsibility. Choosing the right school for a child should be seen as an essential expression of that right and responsibility." We are the ones responsible for our children, why can't we use that responsibility to decide such an important thing for our children. Is it fair one child gets to attend a great school and another attend a failing school? Then the parents get blamed, not to mention that it decreases the chances of future success for that child. "Education, after all, is much more than the transfer of information, much more, even, than training minds to think. It is the imparting of attitudes, ideals, and values as well..." Education is the forefront of growth, emotionally and otherwise for a child. It is one of the most important steps in a person's life.
"There is straightforward justice in empowering parents to choose how their children are educated, to exercise what is perhaps, the most important civil right of all." This final concluding sentence sums it up well. Hopefully, the ones who feel vouchers are so wrong, will someday let go of that fight, and try to see what can really help the kids.

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