Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Government Take Over

The Seattle schoold district appears to be in absolute disarray. Without getting into the heart of the issue, whether or not to close certain schools because of low enrollment, I wonder if the vaguely referenced "education experts" really believe that giving control of the district to the Mayor is the best option.
Perhaps I should adjust my thinking and accept that so long as education remains in the political realm, it will be used as a bargaining chip for power--always by pompous suit wearing megalomaniacs. One just needs to observe to see that Seattle schools has had its devastating issues. They have effectively wiped the brilliance of John Stanford from minds of the city. Though he did not come from the world of education, Stanford used common sense approaches to bettering the district.
Since his death, it seems that Seattle Public Schools has faced a lack of true leadership and vision. It has struggled to find success. However, I can't believe the answer is to put it into the hands of a local government that is equally inept. Anybody want to ride a monorail?
Politics has to stay out of education.


At 1:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your blog entry from back in September about "Will the parents please stand up.

" Well, Hello. I am a Parent and so is my Husband. We home school our daughter.

We truly believe it is wrong to send a helpless sheep among the wolves.
In size and in spiritual knowladge.
(Especially public or private school where the Lord is not welcome)
Nor is it right to teach our daughter a false sense of security.
It is VERY foolish to trust strangers.
With or without credentials.

We stand up. We protect.
We Educate our own.
You are right to feel imposition.
You are truly doing someone's job. A job most of those parent's you described are not only capible
of doing, but God commanded they DO!
They are not Fatherless,
the widow or orphaned?
(Single parents)

Now, my question is...
To you...
Where are the elders?
Are you and Elder?
Are you teaching God's word?

The Lord Jesus has guidelines for teachers.
Are you striving to meet God's Commands?
Praying for Help? For your students?
Or are you a blind person leading the blind?

# Leviticus 10:11
And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

# Deuteronomy 4:10
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

# Deuteronomy 6:7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

# Deuteronomy 11:19
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

# Deuteronomy 31:19
Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

# Judges 3:2
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

# 2 Samuel 1:18
(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

# Psalm 34:11
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

# Psalm 132:12
If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

# Daniel 1:4
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

# Acts 21:21
And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

# Titus 2:4
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

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