Because public education did not support religious instruction, religious institutions educated their own children. This was private schooling.
Once schools were integrated and the federal government upheld the right of all children to be educated in public schools more children were placed in private schools.
As it became obvious that public schools were in no way as successful in educating all children a division between the “haves” and the “have nots” became even more apparent with the call for school choice, giving parents the option to send their children to a “better” school.
A public school education was not an excellent education it was simply a “good enough” education.
Instead of insisting that all public schools be made to provide every child with an excellent education, it was more important to segregate public schools by allowing certain parents to send their children to certain public schools that just happen to be better than other schools right in their neighborhood.
It was acceptable to Americans for school districts to admit that some of their schools were excellent and some were failing as long as their children didn’t have to attend a failing school. While everyone was calling for vouchers and charters, few people were interested in making all public schools excellent for all children.
The fact that charter schools have become so prevalent is testament to the fact that we, as Americans, are willing to have some of our children poorly educated.
Once we admit that we wouldn’t want our child to attend “that” school, we admit that we are willing to accept the ignorance of those not provided with an excellent education.
To opt out of testing or fight for more funding and not require that the entire system of education be changed so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of ALL children is to perpetuate a system of racism, segregation, standardization, and dehumanization.
All of our children deserve an excellent education and America has the resources to provide an excellent education to ALL of its children.
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