In a new article for Slate magazine, writer Allison Benedikt argues that those who send their kids to private school you are hurting public school, according to an article appearing on http://www.msn.com today (August 29).
"Wealthy parents should forgo a private education for their children and instead invest in the public school system," added writer Allison Benedikt in an article this morning (August) for Slate headlined, "If you send your kid to private school, you are a bad person." Her reasoning is interesting if flawed.
"If all parents would send their children to public school, the schools would get better," Benedikt wrote on Slate. "After all, it’s usually the parents who rise up to make changes to the system, and if more parents supported public education, well, it would get more support. Things would be more likely to change."
“Your local school stinks but you don’t send your child there? Then its badness is just something you deplore in the abstract,” the writer argues, according to MSN. “Your local school stinks and you do send your child there? I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.”
In short, if parents have an investment in the public school system, they’re probably going to make its improvement a priority, adds Benedikt, according to MSN.
“There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school,” Benedikt wrote on Slate. adds MSN. She lists family tradition, religion and prestige as some of the less compelling reasons, but there are admirable reasons, too: a better education, solutions for learning issues, the desire for them to get a decent job, according to today's report.
Adds MSN, "she argues that the latter reasons are exactly why everyone should send their kids to public schools: to improve the system for everyone. I believe in public education, but my district school really isn’t good! you might say. I understand. You want the best for your child, but your child doesn't need it."
Benedikt writes that if you can afford private school, chances are your child will come from an environment that allows them to overcome “a perfectly crappy public school,” adds MSN.
“She will have support at home (that’s you!) and all the advantages that go along with being a person whose family can pay for and cares about superior education — the exact kind of family that can help your crappy public school become less crappy,” adds Benedikt in her Slate article.
What do you think of the argument Staten Island teachers and parents? Are parents who send their children to private schools doing a disservice to the public school system? Weigh in with your comments and feedback!