It Really All is Personal: Thoughts on Choice, Responsibility and Their Relation to Education (part one)

Ahhhh, Springtime.  Birds are chirping, pro-creators are pro-creating and thousands upon thousands of children / adols / teens are starting the summer hard-count.  I remember it like it was yesterday, prepping for my over-standardized tests and force-fed lesson plans, taking my communist indoctrination on summer tour preaching the benefits of over-socializ… wait, no.  That didn’t happen.

However, if one were to pay attention to the current political climate (it literally surrounds me in my locale) revolving around national education policy, that is exactly how the debate sounds.  It’s a nationalized push to overstandardize curriculum in an effort to “Boost”… something, all-the-while being a “one-sized-fits-all” “nationalization ” of our education system meant to “indoctrinate” the youth into voting for “socialist” policies to “ensure the communist state.”  Get the point?

Specifically, I’m referring to the current debate revolving around Common Core, and more broadly, school choice theory.   In short, the pretext goes, that public school, being the vessel that it is, has to prescribe to a generalized plan of action in how that system approaches K-12 education.  For certain, there are  details specific to regional and structural variation, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll leave it at that.  Detractors of that system portend, “It is not about my son learning Science or learning anything at all for that matter. It is all about the Public School system sustaining itself.They can’t hold kids accountable. They have to get all that fresh meat coming into the system to keep the dollars flowing.” (The author of that quote will be kept anon for privacy reasons.)

More to the point, I made my best effort to engage in a data-gathering conversations, about these very topics, with randomly selected parents, of which one supplied the quote above.  My primary motive was to establish a baseline for where people of a particular political slant, who happen to support the many avenues of school choice theory, draw the line between choice and responsibility.  What will follow in part two will be an edited compendium of those conversations.  To keep things moving, I will aggregate thoughts and ideas from those I engaged with, while editing my comments /  questions to remove conversational pattern.
Please feel free to engage in debate.  I’d be more than happy to discuss this further along any avenue.  I hope you enjoy 🙂

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