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From: Ann Carolan (acarolan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 25 2000 - 10:17:40 PDT

I'd love to see your rubric. Thanks for taking the time.
ann carolan
From owner-artsednet Wed, 25 Oct 2000 13:12:39 -0400 Return-Path: Received: from ([]) by with SMTP (Lyris Server version 3.0); Wed, 25 Oct 2000 10:15:52 -0700 Received: from ([]) by (8.8.8+Sun/8.8.8) with ESMTP id KAA05058 for ; Wed, 25 Oct 2000 10:15:21 -0700 (PDT) Received: by E006000N0 with Internet Mail Service (5.5.2650.10) id <4W767ZW9>; Wed, 25 Oct 2000 13:12:47 -0400 Message-ID: From: "Sears, Ellen" To: "''" Subject: OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE DOING GOD'S WORK Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 13:12:39 -0400 MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2650.10) Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" From the Freedom to Learn Network, Volume VIII, Number. 2/3, September 2000, p. 1-2. * OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE DOING GOD'S WORK By Frosty Troy Of all the groundless, hurtful attacks on public educators, none is more painful than the charge that public schools are "godless" institutions. The staccato drumbeat against public education includes religious defamation. The Constitution requires that public education be neutral in the arena of sectarian religion, but that's a far cry from the debasement heaped upon public educators. A torrent of abuse has hit the airwaves since the shootings in Littleton: If only the Ten Commandments or prayer had been permitted ... if only school teachers were not void of values ... It is ironic that the religious and political critics bring no facts to the table. Columbine High School was rife with religion, the kind permitted under the Constitution. There were Bible clubs, a religious organization for athletes, "prayer at the pole," and a largely Christian faculty. The crescendo of calumny heaped on public education is a partisan attack to promote vouchers and private schools-the re-segregation of America, this time along class lines. Who is for spiritual values for kids and who is just kidding? Can you name one other institution that comes nearer to biblical injunctions than public schools? *Feeding the hungry? Last year, for nearly 30 percent of public school children, a school lunch was the only hot meal they got. *Clothing the naked? There's hardly an elementary school in a poor neighborhood in America that does not have a clothing closet stuffed with underwear, socks, and other necessities for have-not children. *The widow's mite? The average teacher spent more than $400 of personal funds for such things as workbooks and pencils for poor children. *Visiting the prisoners? Those are public educators staffing the GED, vo-tech, literacy, and skill centers behind the walls-redeeming tens of thousands of otherwise lost lives. *No greater love? The Littleton teacher who herded children into a room for safety, then shielded them with his own body, lay shot and dying in front of the praying students he had saved. *Role models? No other profession provides a higher percentage of Sunday School teachers. *Suffer the little ones? Who takes millions of little ones who are retarded, developmentally disabled, or mentally handicapped? Who redeems the dispossessed and the delinquent in alternative education programs? If you're looking for values, consider the majority of teachers who spend their time and money mentoring students, sponsoring nonacademic class activities, all the while attempting to deal with the most undisciplined generation ever to enter public education. Because teachers can't pin on a church label and baptize the student doesn't make public education any less spiritual. It isn't the babbling critics who wrap themselves in religious intolerance who are making a difference for all of God's children. They preach to the saved in the rear echelon, while public school teachers staff the front line. Public educators don't have the time or inclination to bash Christian, parochial, or other private schools, or the home schoolers who so often bitterly denounce public education. Look who comes to public school among the 53 million enrolled this year, and then consider who truly does God's work: --Six million for whom English is a second language. --Six million special education children. --More than two million abused children. --Nearly 500,000 from no permanent address. --One out of four who come from extreme poverty, often born out of wedlock. --Many who are neglected, unwashed, unwanted, and unloved. Public school teachers are scorned on editorial pages and maligned from ignorant pulpits, but they keep moving on. And only God knows why. They earn the poorest salaries among all the industrial nations, yet a new study shows they are among the brightest college students, and nearly half hold master's degrees. With all its warts, public education produces more math and science brains than all of private education combined. From astronauts to Pulitzer Prize winners, from Nobel laureates to the clergy, public school graduates are in the front rank. The public school day may not start with a Hail Mary or Our Father, a mantra or a blood sacrifice; but public education does more of God's work for children every day than any other institution in America-and that includes the churches. ------------------- Frosty Troy is the editor of the Oklahoma Observer. *