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Re: Vouchers

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Victor (viccapone)
Sun, 25 Jul 1999 01:15:27 -0400

I teach art in a Catholic elementary school, and I would prefer not to
receive vouchers, especially when they bring up ill-feeling among my
colleagues in public schools. I am disturbed by the 'We vs. They' attitude
voiced in so many voucher debates. Some of it puts down the job I do. I
can understand being against public funding in private settings, but please
do not suggest that my school and I do not meet our responsibilities.

My colleagues and I do our job well. Public, private, or parochial,
everyone who works in education is part of the same force. We are all
educating students, any students who come into our rooms. Our society
depends on educated masses, wherever that education takes place.

I ackowledge that Catholic schools cannot serve every student adequately.
Sometimes we try for years to convince parents that we are unable to provide
appropriate services for their special needs students. But as long as they
are in our school, we do what good teachers everywhere do: find a way to
teach them as well as we can.

I don't foresee vouchers making a big difference in the schools that
students attend. Private schools will survive without vouchers, and public
school would survive WITH them.