Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Rudy Takala
Opponents of public education will often hold beliefs that, while seemingly consistent, will paradoxically work against each other. It must be understood that effectively opposing an institution as immense as public education is going to require a coalition commensurate in influence. We must further understand the only means by which that coalition is going to come about.
It may be true that schools are, in effect, similar to prisons. (1) Unfortunately, they're probably too similar. For the particular people to whom they are host, it's a navigable, enjoyable environment. Telling them that they must associate with others, "who may be bullies, violent, or emotionally disturbed," will not be an effective tactic. In public schools, everyone is emotionally disturbed. Most would tout that label with pride.
Convincing others to join your side is a difficult, time consuming task. That's why politicians don't try to convince people of anything. Politicians simply try to figure out what things a majority of people want to have, and then they formulate a convincing plan to give those things to everyone. No one's basic premises change, but the politician will hopefully win..........
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