File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 232

Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:04:02 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] "Defence, Law & Justice" & Govt/and PBS

> On Jun 14, 2006, at 7:08 AM, Sandy Barton wrote:
>> Education IS the family's responsibility.  <clip>

And others argue that it is the government's responsibility.
I would argue/add that both are correct. It is the family's 
responsibility to see that the children are educated. Part of that 
responsibility is in supporting the efforts of whatever educational 
institution they chose be it public, private, or home school by seeing 
that the child applies him/herself and does their work and has all of 
the things that are within their means to get that education. Part of 
it is to see that the institution is educating the children well. Part 
of that is seeing that they, as participants of the local, state, and 
national government make their desires heard both through their actions 
both inside the voting booth and out.
IMHO, it is not the responsibility of the educational institution to 
parent  (even in the case of home schooling, though that line is much 
fuzzier). This is what many schools are having a difficult time with 
now. They are being asked to take on the responsibilities of parenting, 
often without being given the support of the other actual parent(s) and 
the ability to hold the student accountable for their actions.

On Jun 14, 2006, at 9:17 AM, wrote:

> And to bring all of this back to puppetry (!), I also think government 
> should be funding some of our art. Art is a legitimate part of a 
> well-rounded education.
  I would beg to differ in as much as I don't think the arts are just a 
legitimate part of a rounded education - they are an ESSENTIAL part. 
This includes not just the visual arts and music, but a variety of 
performing arts as well. Without the arts, creativity suffers. Without 
creativity there are fewer solutions to problems at all levels and 
fewer new inventions. This education extends beyond the walls of the 
school house to exposure to the arts at many levels and in many places. 
However, I do have a little bit of a problem with arts institutions 
that get the greatest preponderance of their money from government 
funding. I like to see a good balance between private, general public, 
and government money. And it would be good to see more of a balance in 
education that mixes the disciplines so that people grow to see how 
sports, history, math, science, puppetry, language, music, movement, 
visual arts, etc are all inter-related. None of them should or do exist 
in a vacuum. Neither should we.


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