File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 240


Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 12:28:51 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] "Defence, Law & Justice" & Govt/and PBS


> Most people don't realize they have a
> responsibility to make the choice that best suits their family.

I cannot pretend to know what "most people" realize or not.
But in my experience many, many parents and families do not have a 
viable range of choices when it comes to elementary and secondary 
education, often for reasons of economics and class, sometimes even 
geography.

> At one point, teachers were so confident in their expertise that they
> encouraged parents not to be involved.

In my 59 years of life, some of it as a public school teacher and some 
of it as an artist in residence who has worked in hundreds of schools 
throughout urban, rural and suburban communities in Wisconsin I have 
known may teachers. Some were excellent, some good, some not so good, 
and a few quite bad. But i have never  met one who encouraged parents 
NOT to be involved if possible.

mjm

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