SPRINGFIELD – Pro-family groups and home schooling parents are leading an effort to resist legislation moving through the General Assembly that would lower compulsory school attendance from 7 years of age down to 5 because, they say, it is unnecessary and will cost the state at least $17 million annually.
Ann: Attempts to lower the compulsory attendance age is an out and out assault on the family. Free education is already available in Illinois to children under age 7 – forcing attendance does no one any good, unless, oh wait, that is, unless – why didn’t I think of it earlier? – big whack to the forehead! – compulsory education is really a JOBS program. Ah, so that’s it. A jobs program – at the cost of family life and parental direction? Outrageous.
But wait, the assault on the value of family life has apparently just begun to heat up –
State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) would like to see the state’s compulsory school attendance age dropped from 7 to 3 years of age.
Ann: Argh!!!!!! I am dumbfounded and outraged at this attitude. And just how does the good senator think that will help? The government school is supposed to do a better job of raising and educating young children than parents do? Oh, pull-eeeze! Don’t EVEN get me started.