Recently an event was held at OCCC about School Choice. It was an open event to the public with tickets being acquired via Eventbrite. Unfortunately, when word got out that certain public school supporters would be attending, including Dr. Rick Cobb, superintendent of Mid-Del, a well-known advocate for public schools, and vitriolic edu-blogger extraordinaire, they decided not to make the event an open event after all.
Guess public schools can’t be considered a choice at an event meant to push a certain agenda, such as vouchers. Can’t allow the general public to hear alternate points of view. It’s also probably difficult to defend a point of view that has no defense, especially when people in the know may ask questions and force you to either answer them, evade them, or look foolish (too late).
Dr. Cobb and several others were not allowed to enter the event when they arrived, despite having their tickets in hand. They were flagged and not allowed admission.
Like when vouchers are promised, especially to those that ‘need it the most’ (cue the single tear trickling down a sad child’s face). These vouchers will, of course, save them from those god-awful, ‘flushed with cash’ public schools, and those teachers that keep knowledge from those ‘young and beautiful’ children.
Of course, when they arrive at the private schools with vouchers in hand, they find out they don’t meet their standards, they don’t have enough money to make up the difference for those vouchers, or both.
It must be nice to try to control the message as much as possible. Drive out as many good teachers as you can with low pay, large class sizes, high stakes testing, ranking and sorting of schools, and other ridiculous mandates. Then start bemoaning the state of public education and how it’s such a broken system (despite having a hand in smashing it to bits). Something MUST be done about this! How about offer vouchers so that students can have a fighting chance at a good future with a winning education. It will make America great again!
Situations like this show how afraid they really are about the fragility of their position. Unfortunately, most people won’t hear about it, because we are just trouble-making teachers afraid of losing our unions and our cushy paychecks we earn by not teaching.
We have to scream the loudest because we aren’t being heard. We’re called unprofessional for speaking up for ourselves and expecting to have a say for our profession and our students.
For the record, I’m not against parents choosing private, charter, or homeschooling over public schools. I’m the product of both a private school and a public school education. I’m proud to work for the public school district that I graduated from. Parents need to choose what is best for their child. But if they choose not to send their child to public school, they need to pay for it or get scholarships. They shouldn’t be allowed to pull money meant to educate ALL children, no matter their backgrounds, to pay for private choices at schools that also screen who they allow in. If those that don’t have children can’t pull their tax dollars, then no one should. Those tax dollars are meant to support the good of all in the community, not a select few.
I truly hope organizers of the event eventually wish they had just let the rabble-rousers in. It would have saved them a lot of aggravation instead of fanning the flames of our frustration. They just gave us more ammunition by showing how worried they are about their own position.