My Invitation to Rick Santorum

Dear Senator Santorum,

I have been doing my best to just ignore the Republican primaries.  I have.  Because really, listening to you all gab on and on makes my head want to explode.

But you were in my state..actually my TOWN…this week trying to bamboozle persuade all the die-hard conservatives around here to cast their vote in the primary next week for you.

It was hard to ignore you and the Mittster all over the local news.

While making dinner last night, I had the news on as usual.  I rolled my eyes as you claimed President Obama was trying to limit people’s resources with his attack on global warming.  As if saving the environment is an attack on the losers who wrecked it to begin with. Sheesh.

And then you played on the faith of the people in our area. You know we are a strongly conservative Christian city and you used that to frighten people into thinking the President is trying to limit their freedoms of worship. Shame on you.

I really should have just turned the channel to Friends or something at that point because I was getting very stabby…while holding a knife in my hand.  Not really a good thing.

But then…THEN…you started attacking public education.

Oh Rick. Watch yourself, sir.

Back in September of 2011, when you did the Fox News/Google Debate, your words made me laugh. I seriously didn’t think you would become a serious contender saying things like this:

Yeah, 20 years ago, the federal contribution to education was 3 percent. It’s now at 11 percent, and our schools are doing worse, and it’s exactly what Gary Johnson just said. It’s because the federal government’s meddling.

The bottom-line problem with education is that the education system doesn’t serve the customer of the education system. And who’s the customer? The parents, because it’s the parents’ responsibility to educate the children.

It’s been that responsibility — from the moment they were born, they began the education of their children. And at some point, we have — the government has convinced parents that at some point it’s no longer their responsibility. And in fact, they force them, in many respects, to turn their children over to the public education system and wrest control from them and block them out of participation of that.
That has to change or education will not improve in this country.

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Ok. What?  The “customer” is the “parent”?

I guess it wasn’t just something you said at this particular debate either.  You repeatedly voted in favor of vouchers and schools of choice during your career.

I wonder…who do you think the average American student is?

I invite you, Rick, into my high school classroom.

I work in an urban school with over 50% free and reduced lunch stats.

With under 50% parent involvement in things like parent/teacher conferences.

For the most part, the parents of my students need federally funded public education because they are NOT educated enough to educate their own children.

I have students who do not speak English.  I have students who are severely emotional impaired. I have students who do not know their parents. I have autistic students.

These students aren’t all low-achieving either.  In fact, some are honors students and go on to top universities all over the country.

Public Education gives these students a chance.

I agree that more parents need to take some responsibility in their child(ren)’s education.  But taking federal funds away from public education is not what is going to do that.

Because of the economy in our area, our working class school district keeps shrinking and we keep struggling with funding to stay afloat.  The decrease in money has not turned even ONE parent into a more responsible, active participant in their child’s future.

Seriously, Senator, come to my classroom.

I will show you what my students can accomplish.  I will let them tell you their stories.

And then I will let you tell them why their education isn’t important enough for the government to fund.

 

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14 comments on “My Invitation to Rick Santorum

  1. Great post. I really don’t think he’d win against Pres. Obama, so I chuckle at what’s going on in the race right now. But then I wonder, what if by some small chance he did win? Scary.

  2. What a great post. I really can’t understand the logic he has. It boggles my mind.
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