I attended public schools as a child, and I liked it. I graduated #8 in a class of 880 from a large public high school in 1971. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I was ready for college.
My mother taught first grade in public schools, and she liked it, too. It was hard, and she did not make a lot of money. She never had fewer than 38 students, and she would cry on Christmas Eve because she knew her babies would not receive the kinds of gifts they expected. She knew they would be hurt and disappointed. She also taught them to read.
My dad played football at his large public high school. He loved it.
The point is: I like public schools. And when it was time to enroll our daughters in school, we made a choice. We put them in public schools.
Now, take a look at my last several blogs, and read the comments. A team of prolific "haters" has made commenting on my blog their life's mission.
Somehow, this public education advocate has been vilified.
I'm pro-education; not necessarily pro-union.
I'm pro-education; not necessarily pro-new tax for new schools.
I'm pro-education; not pro excessive employment of adults.
I'm pro-education, and I am anti WASTE.
I'm pro-education, and I am pro-ACCOUNTABILITY to taxpayers.
I'm pro-public education, because a good education helps to level the "playing field" of life. A good quality public education is FREE to the student. All that student needs to do is show up and participate, and that student should have reasonable expectations of opportunity to proceed to college, careers and beyond.
If anyone has any idea what might motivate the "haters" who have so much time to post incredibly nasty and bizarre comments...believe me, I don't!
I can tell you that whatever motivates them, it's not the education of our K-12 and special needs students.