RE: [art_education] What is your opinion?
- I can understand how private schools would like to have funds from the
public school pot.
The solution to having schools that people don't want their kids to
attend is for those people to go to work to improve them. Tough
discipline policies and a refusal to accept any excuses, or anything but
good behavior and a community that supports that stance is the answer.
Otherwise schools like those in Harlem that are making such strides
would not be working. If this were done more young bright people might
choose to go into education and quality teachers who were serious about
their business would come into the field. I personally don't think much
of vouchers. I think it divides our country. Everyone who applies
can't get a voucher. If too many people in a community are asking then
maybe the community should look at the schools and figure out how to fix
Just my opinion, Judi
From: Mary Kate [mailto:mkmckinley@...]
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [art_education] What is your opinion?
I look at the voucher plan as finally being able to use the taxes I've
been paying for years! Here in Delaware, private & parochial schools
get a minimum of support from the government. That translates to no bus
transportation, no school counsellors, and a school nurse only three
days a week. The parents pay ungodly prices for the bus, no subsidized
milk or lunches (parents must pay for it all) & the school has to pay
for the counsellor & nurse - raising tuition. I feel that the vouchers
will give more students a chance to attend their preferred school &
help alleviate the sacrifice others are making. That's right, I said
sacrifice. Many have-nots scrape together what little they have to send
their children to the school of their choice! This will also help with
the overcrowding in the public schools & make teaching rather than
discipline more of a priority. As for new schools popping up...if there
are students to fill them then they were needed. We have so many
choices today, why can't that also apply to our children's education!
Rather than vouchers, I'd like to see all schools receive the same state
& federal funding. If the schools are producing well-rounded,
well-adjusted, well-educated young citizens who cares what religion or
philosophy is sponsoring the school! Notice the huge trend towards
home-schooling! This sends a message to all schools. "I can't afford
the school of my choice & I prefer not to send my child to the local
public school". Something is not right when people elect to do it
themselves. Think of what's lost in the socialization of these
home-schooled students. We need all schools to be able to offer smaller
class sizes to meet the needs of the individual child at an affordable
price. I don't know if the voucher plan will help this, but giving
people a choice certainly can't hurt!
At 8/2/2001 09:38 PM Thursday, you wrote:
Dear fellow art educators,
My question today concerns the debate over school
What are voucher plans? Just as a refresher, voucher
plans involve giving parents cash certificates,
vouchers, or tax credits from public funds to pay to
send their children to schools of their
choice--private or public.
The debate over school vouchers has resurfaced with
the election of President George W. Bush in an effort
to improve our educational system. Supporters
maintain vouchers will strengthen the education system
of the United states while those opposed contend that
the vouchers will destroy the system and disrupt the
social fabric of the nation.
I tend to see both sides of the issue. Vouchers have
the potential of reinforcing effective schools while
encouraging change in those schools that are not as
effective. On the other hand, school vouchers also
have the potential of creating a divide between the
haves and the have nots which would appear to go
against the main goal of education: to educate the
citizenry in order to live productively in a
I have participated in debates over this issue with my
fellow grad school classmates this summer at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha, and it appears most
of us tend to be opposed to voucher plans because of
the possible inequalities they could create.
I'm very interested in what teachers across the
country have to say about this issue. Are you for or
against voucher plans and why? How do you think
voucher plans would effect music, drama, and art
programs in the public schools? Is there another
alternative you feel that our government should
consider that would strengthen the education of our
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- By subsidizing private schools through a voucher program or any other gov't.
funding devise, we negate what makes private schools unique. Private schools
are permitted to control their student body through admissions and expulsion
procedures because they are non-gov't. funded. Private schools don't always
teach culturally or economically disadvantaged children; they don't always
teach learning disabled children; they don't always teach emotionally
disturbed children. They don't teach everybody because they are not public
A voucher system would essentially eliminate the differences between public
and private schools, and American parents would lose the option of "scraping
together" the tuition fees for an alternative to public education.