Comments from a local “position 6” political race.
Candidates for Pos. 6 on FCSB say millage needed for students, 15 September 2008, Times-Herald, Forrest City, Arkansas
Wilson also said she also feels there are several critical issues facing the district. “We’ve got to address discipline better … We’ve also got to have adequate funding … “… I don’t feel that a child should be allowed to disrupt a classroom … but at the same time we can’t put those children out of school … We have to find a happy medium … in order to find out what the problems are our students are facing.”
According to Smith, the most critical issue facing the district is the decline in the number of students. “We have to find a way to stop our declining enrollment. Whether the problem is the economy and people leaving to find better paying jobs elsewhere or private or home schooling, I feel we need to try our best to get these students back into public schools,” he said.
… “We also need to work on getting those parents who are choosing to home school their children to send those children back to the disrict, …”
And I suppose the road-works division needs to work on getting bike riders and pedestrians into cars so people will pay more road taxes, and junior football teams need to entice kids from other sports to keep the football program going, and junior choirs should poach from each other to buttress their groups, and so on and so forth.
Homeschooling broke the grip of mandatory, institutionalized child-raising so that parents can give their children family-centered childhoods instead of group-centered childhoods, if that is important to the family. Possessive institutional school advocates still seem to see that desire as heretical. The institution’s need for itself to continue outweighs the desires of the people the institution needs to exist. Milton Gaither points that out in his answer to a reader of his blog post, “Lips and Feinberg on Homeschool Economics.”
- Q. How do homeschooled children cost school districts money?
- A. Local school districts lose per-pupil funding even though higher levels within the government-provided school system keep the tax money from the family.
Your money isn’t enough. The economic aspect of human social imperative via institutional schooling demands your body, or rather your child’s body, too.
Just as an aside, I wonder how that ‘uniforms for teachers’ thing is going to work out.