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    Filed at 12:56 pm under by dcobranchi

    NO COMPETITION If this is the work of a typical public school teacher, we are worse off than I’d feared. Some select quotes:

    As a public schoolteacher, I look at the increase in charter schools as a threat to the future of public education. No committed teacher is afraid of competition.

    Of course, they are afraid of competition. This entire letter to the editor is evidence that the one thing teachers fear above all else is compeition for state tax dollars.

    Any method that affects learning, especially in at-risk students, is positive for society.

    I assume this teacher means any method that positively affects learning. There are all kinds of things that affect learning that are not positive for society.

    Public schools need standards and to be monitored to ensure that they are attempting to meet their students’ needs. Teachers should be expected to be well-trained and exposed to a variety of methods. The public should feel that its tax dollars aren’t being wasted.

    Notice the weasel words? Public schools should only have to attempt to meet the students needs. Teachers should be exposed to a variety of methods; they don’t have to master any of them. The public should feel its dollars weren’t being wasted, even if they truly are.

    Private schools get public money without the same evaluations and standards. Homeschooling runs the gamut of quality or lack of it.

    She apparently doesn’t realize that charters are public schools that have to meet the same accountability standards as the regular public schools. Her comment about homeschooling is, of course, a non sequitur as we don’t take tax dollars at all.

    America makes education accessible to more students at higher levels than any country in the world. When money is drained from public education, it can’t last for long.

    Lord, I hope the current system can’t last long.

    Children are our future. We should pour public money into educating them.

    I suppose we are expected to ignore the huge hole in the bottom of the bucket. Fix the hole first; if more money is needed, then we’ll pour it in.

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