The Case for Separation

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A Special Word to Public School Teachers


 

We realize that a call to the end of state involvement in education may feel like a threat to the many dedicated teachers who work within the system. We want to clarify that we do not feel teachers are to blame for the problems of government-run schooling. To the contrary, many of these hard-working educators are the only thing that stands between students and the overwhelming bureaucracy that threatens their chances for a real education.

 

What we want to see is thousands of teachers freed of the burdens that now make their jobs so difficult and prevent them from fulfilling their dream to teach.


 

Teachers Will Play a Leading Role


The change from state-run schooling to free-market schooling will be a gradual one, and teachers will play a huge role. Instead of leaving the field of education to take more promising, fulfilling, and less stressful jobs, more teachers will follow in the footsteps of the few who are now setting up shop on their own:

  • The group of teachers in the Chattanooga area who run a full-service tutoring operation for home schoolers;

  • The many teachers who run what amounts to small one-room schools, where several families pool their resources to hire a teacher who ends up with the ideal class -- a small group of students motivated to learn and supported by their parents.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for teachers to transition to the private sector. Some teachers now enjoy the variety of teaching at two or three different private schools, or mixing classroom teaching with private tutoring. As teachers take the lead in offering alternatives, grateful parents will follow. The potential for small, community schools dotting the American landscape is tremendous.

This type of schooling lends itself to parental help by way of volunteering. The opportunities for field trips and outside enrichment are far more practical than in a big-school setting. The cultural exchange opportunities are also far greater. Likewise, the opportunity for bringing in special guest teachers, craftsman from the community, and the list could go on and on.

 

In the free market, teaching has the potential to be an exciting and fulfilling lifestyle instead of just a job. It depends only on present day Americans calling on the pioneer spirit of the millions of incredibly brave souls who left behind all that was familiar and embarked on leaky ships for a new world. We're looking for a new round of pioneers. A few intrepid souls have taken the first step, cleared some brush from the trail; they stand in the new world, waiting for others to follow.





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The Case for Separation
Last updated March 28, 2007

Some of the more
well-known signers of our proclamation:

Ed Crane
President, Cato Institute

John Taylor Gatto
1991 New York State Teacher of the Year

Fr. John A Hardon
SJ
RIP
The Catholic Catechism

Don Hodel
Former Secretary of Interior

D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Ministries

Rev. Tim LaHaye
Left Behind

Rabbi Daniel Lapin
President, Toward Tradition

Tom Monaghan
Founder, Domino‚Äôs Pizza

Ron Paul
US Congressman, Texas

John K Rosemond
Parenting Author, Columnist, Speaker


They and thousands of others have signed Our Proclamation:

"I favor ending government involvement in education."