Kirby writes: >A typical logical fallacy Haim: you deliberately >confuse mission with army. > >The mission is to educate today's children to >competently carry on. > >The army is whatever we've managed to cobble together >to accomplish this mission, however unsatisfactory.
"However unsatisfactory"? Sorry, but I cannot go there. To carry on with your military analogy, I am reminded of the Polish army on the morning of September 1, 1939. The Germans crossed the border with a massive, modern, mechanized, armoured force that instructed the world in "blitzkrieg". The Poles had cavalry.
The Poles are a brave and intelligent people. The cavalry officers knew perfectly well what they were doing and what was about to happen. However, since they had nothing else, they preferred to die charging tanks with horses rather than do nothing and live under Nazi occupation. They died.
The mission of the Polish army was to stop German tanks. The means at their disposal was primarily cavalry. If there is too great a disconnect between your means and your mission, you will fail.
While the failure of our public schools is not as dramatic as a cavalry charge, in terms of personal disasters and the decline of our culture, the results may not be too different in the end.
>All of which meandering me to this question of >funding... > >Your school thinks we're already spending too much on >the army we've got. You want to starve it into >submission,...
Tell us, Kirby, do you think the Poles might have helped themselves had they spent less money on horses, and the men who ride them, and more money on, oh, tanks? In other words, they would not be spending less money on defense, but they would be shifting it around quite a bit.
Similarly, I do not want to spend less money on public education, but I sure do want to take it away from the education cavalry.
> ... then have it serve some kind of pre- >constructivist pablum, similar to what you probably >carry around in your own head and identify >as "mathematics".
From which I conclude that you are far too self-absorbed. The last thing my side wants is to force our agenda on anybody else. You see, the whole point of School Choice is --- how can I put it delicately? --- CHOICE. If you and your friends want to charter a school where the students can kick around bucky-balls all day, we wish you godspeed. Some of us plan to do something different.