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Re: Vouchers

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Sun, 25 Jul 1999 12:52:16 -0400


> 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. >>

Schools whether public or private are only as good as the teachers,
students, administration and community. Once again you can have an
excellent public school and a mediocre private. YOu get out what you
put in. However economics, public funding, and community resources
play a part as well as donations from corp.; and private donations.
Maybe well off schools of the affluent have people that may be
conscious of support or just want to look good. Whatever the reasons
they feel an obligation to support it. Parents without the same
resources cannot contribute the same but the can bring their own
wealth of knowledge and experience. They can contribute their time
and effort and money is not going to replace this. I don't know a
lot about the voucher program. I've heard a few NPR shows and the
discussion here. However, we all know moving kids out of public and
into private sends a message that perhaps there is something wrong
with public schools. They accept this but are not willing to spend
the money ( more in poverty areas) that is needed. They might
alleviate some of the crowding and that is good but have they really
compensated for the amount of growth of population to include
buildings and material to cover the growth over the years. Do our
schools reflect our communities and if so will there be an increase
in violent attacks in public places such as malls. libraries etc. I
think teachers have a unique experience in seeing all this debate
from different perspectives. Also the one thing going for both
schools is the fact that teachers are pretty equal as far as
knowledge and experience, it's what they do with it that is
different. In both cases you have caring and bored teachers, you
have parents who will volunteer and those that don't. Hopefully if
everyone pushes for a caring and involved administration and an
involved PTA (PTO) and we all do our bit to follow through with the
needs of our students we will make this a better community and
world.
Sandra
astroboy