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September 10, 2013

Are Private School Parents Bad People?

This has to be one of the worst articles about education I’ve ever seen. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Writing for Slate, Allison Benedikt made the case recently that if you send your kids to a private school, you’re a bad person. “Not bad like murderer bad,” she said, “but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.”

If all parents put energy into improving public schools, she says, it would make it better for everyone. Then she brags about only having read one book since graduating college and that her most educational moments included when she got drunk with friends. Is this education we are supposed to support?

The best education for all our kids will happen when parents realize wherever they send their kids, they are responsible not the state; and when learning is not seen as jumping through hoops to learn skills but learning how to learn in order to live well. Demonizing those who look to different options while still funding public school by their taxes is no solution. It’s just ridiculous. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

If You Send Your Kid to a Private School, You Are a Bad Person
Allison Benedikt | Slate | August 29, 2013

“The Dumbest Article about Private Schools You’ll Ever Read”
Joe Carter | |August 29, 2013

Allison Benedikt’s Immodest Proposal
Christopher O. Tollefsen | |September 5, 2013

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  • September 10, 2013 // 07:44 am //  # 
    Cleve Watson's avatar Cleve Watson

    That article is just ... astonishing.  A clear demonstration of the muddled thinking that public schools can produce when parents “aren’t too worried about it.”

    And if she thinks this way about parents who send their kids to private schools, she must put home schooling parents right up there with mass murderers.

  • September 10, 2013 // 11:37 am //  # 
    Alan Bonjour's avatar Alan Bonjour

    When we began homeschooling, pulling my children out of the government school program did not mean ANY LOSS of funding. In fact, being locally funded by a strong tax base, I freed up approximately 9-10k per student (4) that was available for the remaining students.

  • September 16, 2013 // 12:37 pm //  # 
    Zach Ross's avatar Zach Ross

    It amazes me how hypocritical people like this can be when they criticize others.  The writer basically came right out and stated that public education is more important than doing what is best for your child.

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