Oh, joy, another Sunday and another Viewpoints sheet from another out of touch greenie/liberal. (Sunday, “A declaration of education rights.”) The latest was the almost incomprehensible dissertation on the rights
of people concerning education. Two very important issues were left out of that paper.
First, responsibility. When you have a situation with unfettered individual rights, without even a thought to responsibility for our actions, you have chaos. Second, who pays the bills? The 80-20 rule should apply to public education, like it does to all other pursuits. The average taxpayer and the average school district cannot continue to pay for every bell and whistle for every special group. For example, the cost of special ed is a large portion of the school budget for a small number of students. The cost of staffing for such “subjects” as gay history and black/Hispanic/Asian studies is a waste of time and money. And don’t tell me that the feds should pay for those bells and whistles. Most of us are federal, as well as local, taxpayers. Additionally, the feds usually have some agenda such as global warming or green energy or healthy diets to shove down our craws.