Cal Thomas: What are the evils of the public school system

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Today is Thursday, August 18. Good morning! This is The world and all in it of WORLD Radio supported by the listeners. I am Myrna Brown.

PAUL BUTLER, HOST: And I’m Paul Butler. Many public schools across the country have experienced an exodus of teachers and students. Cal Thomas joins us now with his thoughts on what could be driving this trend.

CAL THOMAS, COMMENTATOR: As parents prepare to send their children back to school, many will have made decisions about their child’s education that will not only set them on a different trajectory, but will also impact the system of public education, which is used in too many districts to indoctrinate more than to educate.

Stories of kindergarten drag queens forcing students to use favorite pronouns, biological boys who call themselves transgender using formerly girls-only locker rooms and showers, and the pandemic that has convinced a growing number of parents that the Homeschooling used to work better – all of this is causing an exodus of parents and now teachers from public schools.

The New York Times recently chronicled the trend: “In New York City, the nation’s largest school district has lost some 50,000 students in the past two years. In Michigan, enrollment remains more than 50,000 below pre-pandemic levels, from major cities to the rural Upper Peninsula.

“In suburban Orange County, California, where families have moved for generations to join the public school system, enrollment has fallen for the second year in a row; statewide, more than a quarter of a million public school students have been removed from California rolls since 2019.”

Not only are children dropping out of public schools. Many teachers also checked. The Washington Post reports: “America’s teacher shortage has reached crisis levels — and school officials everywhere are scrambling to make sure that when students return to classrooms, someone will be there to educate them.”

Speaking about the teacher shortage, Dan Domenech, executive director of the School Superintendent Association, told the Post, “I’ve never seen it so bad.”

The question is: what kind of classroom will public school children return to? Will it be like the classrooms of Portland, Oregon, where children as young as five will learn about transgender ideology, sexual orientation and, reports The Washington Times, “the role of ‘white colonizers’ in the marginalization of LGBTQ people”?

Darla Romfo, president of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students from underperforming inner-city schools, responds to this radical awakening in an email: “When more than half of the students can’t even read properly and that the pandemic has only exacerbated this learning loss, especially for our most vulnerable students, why do schools insist on devoting time and resources to non-academic and controversial topics that are confusing at best and not match the values ​​of many families? Parents are fed up and rightly so. And my advice is if your school doesn’t address your concerns, find another school that will. There is no redoing when it comes to your child’s education.

American students continue to lag behind other countries in reading, math and science. We seem to be number one in cost, however, averaging $16,268 per student per year, well above the global average of $10,759.

Parents have the right to ask if the cost equals the benefit, since it is their tax money. With the proliferation of private schools, more readily available resources for home schooling, and school choice in a growing number of states, it’s no wonder that more and more parents are pulling their children out of public schools.

I am Cal Thomas.


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