Education is one of the most important aspect of a child’s life. Parents spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a house in what is classified as a great school district. Others spend thousands of dollars for private school, private tutors and other avenues to try and give their child the best educational footing possible.
- As children starting growing, they further develop their interests.
- If your child like football, you find a football program and sign them up.
- If your child like baseball, you find a baseball program and sign them up.
- If your child like swimming, you find a swimming program and sign them up.
- If your child like music, you find a music program and sign them up.
- If your child like theater, you find a theater program and sign them up.
- If your child like chess, you find a chess program and sign them up.
- If your child like robotics, you find a robotics program and sign them up.
- And the list goes on.
- What are your choices for school if you student learns by reading?
- By being hands on?
- By seeing?
- By memorizing?
- What happens if your child has a learning disability that is aided by external stimulation like an equine program?
- What happens if you have multiple children each with a different learning style?
- Choices for many of these issues may be somewhat of very limited depending on your local public school. What are your options currently?
- Move to a different school district
- Spend thousands of dollars to put your child into a private school
- Hiring tutors
What are some of the remedies you hear repeatedly?
- Give more money to public schools
- Change the curriculum
- Make new standards schools must meet
- Increase testing
- Change grading systems
- Year round school
- Longer school days
- Better Teacher evaluations
- Vouchers/Tax Credits/Education Savings Accounts/etc
- Charter Schools
- Increase mandated attendance
- Smaller class size
- Parents cannot possibly know as much as the educators
- Reduces their power and influence
- Cut into their gravy train
Do we need to point out statistics at times in these debates? Absolutely we do to combat misinformation, spin and hyperbole. It is needed to convince others to think about the bigger picture and the compassion needed to also help those that are in the most need.
Parents discussing their rights over the education of their own children is still the most important and vital part of any discussion. Watch this short video from Give Me Choice IL