22 febrero, 2012

Santorum’s View on Public Education

To the Editor:

Re “Santorum Questions Education and Obama” :

Rick Santorum’s attack on public education deeply disturbs me because a commitment to public education is one of the bedrocks of our democracy.

The American Revolution set this country aside from the countries of Europe, where education (particularly home-schooling) was a perk of the aristocratic wealthy. Our founders well understood that a democracy can exist only when its citizens are educated.

Public education binds the members of a diverse society together. It is an integral part of American exceptionalism.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

To the Editor:

Rick Santorum’s favoring of home-schooling over public education is one of those things that may sound plausible, but consider what it would mean in today’s world.

Parents are unlikely to be able to give a much better education than the one they received, so relying on home-schooling would perpetuate the great educational differences between well-educated and poorly educated children, with all of the consequences that we see every day.

The effects on job opportunities, political participation and other areas of productive social interaction and social mobility are all too plain.

In addition, in today’s world, though perhaps not the world that Mr. Santorum lives in, both parents must often work full time just to keep food on the table. Who will do the educating? And what of one-parent families?

In short, undercutting support for public education would act to perpetuate gross inequality of educational opportunity, with all of the subsequent economic, personal and social effects that that implies.

Limiting public support of education is a wonderful tool for creating and maintaining a permanent underclass, hardly a recipe for a stable society.

White Plains

The writer is a professor of law at Pace University.

To the Editor:

Rick Santorum’s comments regarding education are the last link in a chain of thinking that right-wing critics of the public schools never follow to its logical end. Mr. Santorum is well-to-do, and his wife can stay home and educate their kids. If they choose home-schooling, the choice is up to them. The public schools take kids from great families, too, but also the boy whose parents are drug abusers, and the girl whose father deserted when she was 2.

Mr. Santorum doesn’t seem to care, but the public schools are tasked with saving every child. They take the kids whose families have no home and can barely put bread on the table. Mr. Santorum seems to suggest a world in which federal and state involvement in education comes to an end and parents take on the task of educating kids.

Glendale, Ohio

Fuente: New York Times


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