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The School I Choose

January 22, 2017

I wrote this four years ago at the beginning of National School Choice week, and I thought it would be worth sharing again. We have many of the same threats to public education we had then, and we have some new ones too.

Demand of our elected leaders that public schools have the resources to meet the needs of our children – all of them.

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The mantra this week is that parents should get to choose the schools their children attend; that their zip code shouldn’t choose it for them. It’s quite the idyllic belief – that out there, somewhere is the perfect school.

As a parent, I’m still looking. Here’s what I hope to find.

  • I choose a school that values children for the unique individuals they are.
  • I choose a school with a strong, active PTA.
  • I choose a school where the parents of the other children value education as much as I do.
  • I choose a school that has well-paid faculty who are happy to come to work.
  • I choose a school where the teachers receive meaningful professional development and are treated as professionals.
  • I choose a school that teaches all students, regardless of background or ability.
  • I choose a school that has enough technology to prepare my child for the world…

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  1. Barbara Smith
    January 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Parents
    Want schools with accountability, work with the learning styles of all students, have certified teachers and administrators. Private schools have never had those accountability measures. Many have non-certified teachers, do not respect the learning differences of students, do not measure learning outcomes, and more. How can they be the better choice? Is it because they discriminate against those with different learning abilities, different economic and social backgrounds? Democracy will not survive without an educated electorate. We become a country for oligarchs and and those with specific agendas. Fully funded, respected public education is the only way to maintain our democracy for the future. The women’s march this weekend is a start but just a start in fighting the war against social, economic, racial, educational and sexual diversity our country. America is great when we use all of areas to address our issues. We are quickly becoming a country for the oligarchs. Let’s get active Oklahoma!

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  2. Ginge Tinney
    January 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Next week will be the spiritual emphasis week. I’m working on that right now, I have several calls out and just received the decline from the first one I invited. I have extended the invitation to the Oklahoma Land Commission CEO to speak to us the first week in Feb. The next week – the five love languages will be covered and still receiving calls on requests.

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