School Vouchers: A Different Perspective

The Jim Wallace for Governor campaign tells me their recent television ad is paying off, saying since it ran they’ve been “pulling in some serious cash”.

The So what? The ‘so-what’ is that the lowest SAT for admittance to the University of Illinois is 1610. 1277 ain’t cutting it. The universal reaction from elected black officials, apologetic black educators, and guilt-ridden black parents, or more realistically, single mothers is: Racism. They declare the SAT is biased. You know what? It probably is. It is biased toward students who can read and write well and who take an algebra class before they have a child out of wedlock. But then colleges, grad schools, and corporations are biased as well. Life is biased, job competition is intense, get over it.

So how does this relate to school vouchers? Well, as a school visionary for new systems of education the way I see it is that as things stand, those with wealth are able to choose how their children are educated while those without have to put up with what is available even if they just do not believe it is serving their children’s best interests. Since EVERY school in America is attended by members of the public, then every school is a public school. Why should we not have a choice about how our dollars are allocated? Why should only wealthy people get to choose, and why should the wealthy pay twice through property taxes and school tuition?

When Christians took over the Republican Party, the Democrats were faced with a difficult choice. Unlike the Republican Party, which had effectively become the “Conservative Right Wing Christian Party,” the Democrats had to appeal to a wide variety of voters. In addition to the aging hippies, social liberals, environmentalists, atheists, and other various progressives, they had to woo the great undecided middle. There simply were not enough progressives in america to carry an election.

We were outspent 10-2. The Democrats spent approximately M on Senator Wilhelmi’s campaign. The last two months of the campaign he bought 18 cable stations, all day parts. Not only were we unable to respond to his misleading ads, we were unable to promote our message. He also had mailers going out almost daily.

In an interview you did for Robin Shreeves, I read that you started The Grass Stain Guru because you are so passionate about the issues of unstructured play, connecting people with nature, and education reform. How does your blog address these issues?

Gov. Rick Scott credits himself for the business growth in Florida since he has taken office. The addition of Garda World Security, a Montreal-based armored car company,Vision Airlines and Bing Energy were nearly completed while then Gov. Charlie Crist was in office. None the less Scott has taken credit for this in his effort to bolster his support and fulfill his campaign promise of creating 700,000 new jobs.