In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Funny how the libs are all about choice until it comes to the choice of how and where to educate your children.
Patrice I agree with you...for the most part. While the idea of vouchers for school funding (attaching the money to the student) so that the child can attend any school they want sounds like the perfect solution, there is only one flaw that I can see:If the child were to take public funds and go to a private school or be homeschooled with it, the government could then say that they should be able to regulate/mandate curriculum, rules, sex education, etc etc etc. Now I know that you didn't say that the students could go to private school or use that money to be homeschool in your article, but I think it needs to be be clear for some that may be thinking along these lines.There is no way I am going to let the government dictate what I teach in my home school. That is precisely the reason I homeschool.Since, I know someone will berate my criticisms since I don't offer a solution, let me quash those by giving one now. My solution, would be to do away with taxes that go to public education. Public schools should then have a registration fee. This supply and demand would close poorly performing and dangerous schools and schools with better academics and better safety measures would be able to meet more students' needs.Yes, there would be some students who can't afford the registration fees. Churches, private donors and charities could step up to help those students with funding.Is my solution perfect? Probably not, but it is a possibility. Just my $.02Andrea S
I know someone who does this very thing: they own two homes and send their kids to the better of the two school districts. But they also pay taxes in both places. The problem with attaching someone's personal school tax dollars to their child or children is just that. When I pay school tax for my household, based on where I live, that one amount applies to ALL my children, whether I have one or six. Some families, especially low-income who rent, don't pay school tax at all, so how could any tax dollars be applied to them. I agree that this was the wrong punishment, but that person should move to that better school district, not work around the system. She had four years to do that. Bad city schools have nothing to do with not having enough money or bad teachers. It has to do with the culture of the families in that district, which is mostly inner city poor, where they literally pay no taxes at all but live off the services provided by the government. You get what you pay for, or don't pay for in this case. It's a shame the children are so affected by their parent's poor decisions that got them there in the first place. No one made them live where they live. They need to break the cycle themselves.
Hmmm, a felony conviction for a mother who wants to give her children a good education and keep them safe and protection and celebration for illegals who have no connection to our country. Are things a bit upside down?
Sure, her punishment far exceeds her "crime." However, I'm sick and tired of people like her who get caught in the trap they set themselves. So before I feel much more sympathy for her, I'd need a few more details: 1)Does she vote? If not, she was complicit in building the trap into which she stepped.2)If she votes, does she vote for union-loving progressive candidates and their policies? If so, she got what she deserves. She may very well be reaping what she sowed.Will this experience with the power of the education system make her a staunch advocate for homeschooling or for freedom of choice - time will tell, but I'm not holding my breath. Some people will never understand that their own choices, actions, and/or failure to make choices and actions will lead to their own demise sooner or later. This is what improves the gene pool. It's a harsh reality of life.
For the person who says this mother reaped what she sowed, please remember that the Grandfather's tax dollars WERE going to the district where the girls attented school.As for me, this is just what we refer to as "today's reason." Meaning, today's reason to homeschool. We have been playing "today's reason" for four or five years and have not had a single day where there was not a news item that re-confirmed our commitment to homeschooling.
Excuse me, but why would it matter that her father paid taxes in the school district? That would mean he sowed and didn't reap. It has nothing to do with her. She must sow her own seeds if she wants to reap. As an aside, if I had my druthers nobody would pay school taxes because public schools are an outrage. The Bible tells us we reap what we sow. It doesn't tell us that we can reap what others have sown. Frankly, reaping what others have sown is socialism and I'm against it. I'm having a hard time understanding the justification for what you said, Anon 1150am.
Oopsie - forgot to add my name at the end of "Anon 11:50 am" when I posted. I'm Jennifer.This mother was acting in an unjust system. We may disagree about this definition, but I stand by my opinion: where a system is unjust and frankly nonsensical, reaping and sowing in a biblical sense cannot apply. I would further argue that if you want to look at it your way, she reaped some good from her choice. There was no financial "harm" to the school system - they received the grandfather's tax dollars regardless. Too bad Mom hadn't moved in with the grandfather. Then it would all be nice and tidy and "legal" - but the financial cost to the school system would have barely changed.Where the law is a shackle, and these laws are definitely that, reaping and sowing don't apply. She did the just thing: she protected her children. She may have gotten a bad result from the unjust system, but she actually reaped two daughters having a better school in a safer environment and she reaped setting a courageous example for the rest of us.We can be her, at a moment's notice. The State (be it your county, state or the federal leviathan) will get you for all sorts of petty offenses against what they call "law."We reap and sow for eternity in light of the one true Law. This mother will not need to be ashamed of trying to do better for her daughters in a system that imprisons the poor.
Just wondering why the grandfather didn't step in and ask his daughter to move in for a few years. This would have made it legal as well as maybe been a benefit on both father and daughters finances. It wouldn't remedy every person needing in the school but it would have helped this particular mother.Ouida Gabriel
Jennifer, I agree with you: the system is unjust. But my point was this: she may have helped in making it that way. If she voted for those who perpetuate the unjust educational system, then she is part of the problem. Therefore, she reaped what she sowed. Why should people who (may) have supported an unjust system and then get caught up in it be given a pass? We must not take things at face value. We shoulc always look for the deeper story. If she voted for Obama, for example, then she's part of the problem and deserves to suffer for her choices. If she didn't vote for him, then she should have known to get the heck out of dodge before now. I think we agree on many points, but you have sympathy for her and I want to know more about her before I feel sympathy for her.
All of the above comments make a lot of good sense, but when you come right down to it, the judge should not have made an example of this woman. The punishment was ridiculously severe! Judges should be held accountable for their bad decisions. We hear of child rapists getting only a few months of jail time, because some idiot judge thought the perpetrator needed "rehabilitation." Then we get a decision like this one that goes way too far in the opposite direction. Too many judges have too much power over We the People. Their decisions are too inconsistent and they're never held accountable for bad decisions. That needs to change. --Fred