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A Christmas conversation

January 4, 2013

This Christmas was full of visiting friends and family.  It was a great time.

One of the gentlemen that I had an opportunity to listen to, lived out side of Memphis (a city run by black Democrats, purportedly for the benefit of blacks).  It seems that in his area, there has been quite a situation brewing over the school system there.  Memphis schools have been condemned for a very long time as being insufficient to the task of turning out competent graduates.  Apparently, so much so that the Feds have threatened to remove their ability to be schools.  As I understand it, the City schools failed the most recent round of tests and the County is stepping in to help the schools out.  In the course of doing this, they’ve raised property taxes on everyone in the county in an effort to raise enough money to bail out the school system.

This gentleman complained that his property tax had gone up almost $600 overnight as a result of this tax increase.  That wasn’t the end of his complaints either.

He then started discussing how his daughter was treated in school.  She had notes sent home saying that his daughter was getting too far ahead in classes and being a distraction to the teacher by asking questions about stuff that the class hadn’t covered yet.  He said that the same week, he actually had a different note from a different teacher saying that his daughter hadn’t been doing enough work in a different class.  He went into quite some detail about the circumstances around the notes and his disgust at the overall system and the lack of accountability and the unresponsiveness of the teachers and administrators.

I kept my mouth shut.  I was disheartened to hear his story.  I couldn’t help but thinking that this situation would change literally overnight if only public funding of education would end.  If he were responsible for paying for the education of his daughter, he could negotiate the terms that were acceptable to him and most beneficial to his daughter.  Regrettably, since “the taxpayers” are the ones paying the bills, he’s less than a cog in the wheel.

I felt for his situation.  I hope that one day education will return to being a parental function instead of a community function. I can’t help but believe that we would all be better off.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2013 4:31 pm

    What! You don’t believe in state funded indoctrination! 🙂

    • January 9, 2013 9:24 pm

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

      Regarding the funding of the government education system, I think I get more and more cynical every day. I can think of only one thing to do with it. End it. Immediately. A child’s education is so important, it should be paid for by those persons with the most to gain from a quality product: the parents. Anything less just destroys the level of control that a parent can have. It’s a terrible funding mechanism and should be eliminated without prejudice.

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