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  • LETTER OF THE MILLENIUM

    Filed at 7:29 am under by dcobranchi

    Man, it just doesn’t get any better than this:

    To the editor:

    As a home-schooling dad I appreciated your recent editorial on the growing home-school movement. But toward the end, I found something troubling: You seem to be calling for vouchers and tax credits for home-schooling families.

    Yes, it is annoying that I pay taxes into a state “education” system that I find useless. Of course, I would find it just as useless if I had no children at all.

    The education of my children is my responsibility and right, and I have no call on the wealth of others to subsidize my efforts. More to the point, I don’t want government help, because I know the ultimate cost of that help will be much more than a couple thousand dollars a year in taxes.

    Government subsidies are carrots that always come with a big, ugly stick of regulations and codes. And even though a tax exemption simply allows us to keep money that’s ours to begin with, the government doesn’t see it that way — it considers it a “tax expenditure” which obligates the beneficiary (that is, the taxpayer) to jump through state hoops.

    I don’t need some pedagogic satrap deciding how my children will be educated — that’s why I’m homeschooling in the first place. I’ll take a tax cut, in the form of a general reduction of taxes we’ll all enjoy when enough of us finally wise up and get rid of this grasping, enervating monstrosity misnamed the “public school system.”

    SCOTT BIESER

    RIVERSIDE, CALIF.

    Any readers out near Riverside? If someone wants to look him up and buy him a beer, I’ll pay.

    5 Responses to “LETTER OF THE MILLENIUM”


    Comment by
    Dawn
    August 14th, 2004
    at 10:36 am

    Too bad I live in NY otherwise I’D buy him the beer!!!!


    Comment by
    Dave
    August 14th, 2004
    at 2:34 pm

    Satrap

    The title of the ruler of Egypt under the Persians, later adopted under Alexander when he appointed Cleomenes of Naukratis head of the civil administration. The title was then taken for a brief time by Ptolemy I Soter when he became the ruler of Egypt until he took the title of Pharaoh in 305 BC.

    pedagogy

    n 1: the principles and methods of instruction [syn: teaching method, pedagogics] 2: the profession of a teacher; “he prepared for teaching while still in college”; “pedagogy is recognized as an important profession” [syn: teaching, instruction] 3: the activities of educating or instructing or teaching; activities that impart knowledge or skill; “he received no formal education”; “our instruction was carefully programmed”; “good teaching is seldom rewarded” [syn: education, instruction, teaching, educational activity]


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 14th, 2004
    at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the vocabulary pedagogy, Dave. 🙂


    Comment by
    J Aron
    August 14th, 2004
    at 8:20 pm

    Do you know if the guy drinks beer? Whatever he drinks, I might just chip in as well..


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    August 17th, 2004
    at 9:20 pm

    I live close to Riverside, but I don’t drink (or help other to do so). Good man, though.