The AJC’s Maureen Downey posted a guest Op-Ed today from frequent Peach Pundit commented John Konop. (Look at the link too for some news on Cherokee County’s ongoing school board drama). But the meat of what you need to read is this:
“However, some local politicians and political groups use “school improvement issues” as a way to tear down our school system in service to an anti-public-school ideology. Not only is this counterproductive and not in the best interest of Cherokee students and families, it hurts home values. I have been a loud voice for creating more school options, but have always been careful to appreciate and build on our community school system’s existing successes.
“This November, let’s elect candidates who are committed to supporting and improving our existing school system — and reject those who spew negative, anti-public-school talking points. People move to and invest in communities based in large part on the positive information they hear about its schools. We need to turn-off voices that offer only spin and exaggeration in an effort to grab power at the expense of our neighborhoods.”
Too many are using any problem they can find within a public school or a public school system to grind their anti-government ax. We have public schools for a reason. We as a country from our very beginning have decided that society is better off with an educated citizenry. Too many have fallen into lazy rhetoric with regards to public schools where identifying problems are an excuse to point and laugh at how stupid government is. Too many of these same people refuse to engage in any discussion of how to fix these problems, as simply recognizing a problem but absolving ourselves of any duty to fix it is acceptable. It is not.