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Duct Tape Donating Member (117 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:31 PM
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My AP Psychology teacher had my class watch
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a Jon Stossel special on education reform. I had to sit through thirty-nine minutes of the usual criticisms of teachers, teacher unions, and public schools. The video absolutely ruined my day but what's worse is that I'm afraid some of my classmates have fallen for Stossel's crap. I'm making sure that my friends know the truth but I won't be able to reach my other classmates. I suppose showing such videos would be alright if my teacher followed it up with a discussion about the realities of charter schools, but he only made a few short comments.

I won't write a long piece about why the special was wrong, because I know that many intelligent people on here have already taken the time to expose the charter school b.s., but I must point out that I find it quite sad that one of our most basic rights is being challenged so openly. This isn't a case of fighting to achieve a universal right, e.g. a single-payer healthcare system, but a case of having to protect a right that we've had for a long time now. I encourage those who are on the fence to really consider the ramifications of these currently popular reforms. Do you really understand what America would be like without a strong public education system?

To the teachers on this forum, I'd like to say thanks for all the hard work you do. I am aware of how hard it is to be a teacher and I want you to know that you have a friend and supporter in this high school student.
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