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Opening Arguments

Home alone

I think this may be a tough case to prove:

For the first time, Allen County is holding parents legally accountable in educating their children, but one Fort Wayne Community Schools board member says it needs to be more than just a one-time effort.

Two felony cases are in the Superior Court system, where two women have been charged with educational neglect


tim zank
Wed, 11/25/2009 - 12:30pm

Doesn't the prosecutors office have enough sh&t on their plate already? While education is certainly important, does the school system and the prosecutor really want to go down this road?

Try concentrating on the students that are actually attending before ya go spending gazillions of dollars, tying up the court system, and offering the government even more control just to go after the families of 2 students.....

Priorities people, priorities.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 6:30pm

It pains me to say it, but Tim may have a point.
If your parents are morons, can the schools really do much for you?
I knew how to read before I entered grade school, because I came from a houseful of readers and a house full of books. School always struck me as a place students were simply tested about what they learned elsewhere. I don't think I learned much until I went away to college.
I don't know who these kids are, but I'm going to guess they aren't headed for college.

tim zank
Wed, 11/25/2009 - 7:22pm

I simply love being able to "pain" you! Happy Thanksgiving.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:48pm

From Family Education:

"According to a report published by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, homeschool student achievement test scores were exceptionally high. The median scores for every subtest at every grade were well above those of public and Catholic/private-school students. On average, homeschool students in grades one to four performed one grade level above their age-level public/private school peers on achievement tests. Students who had been homeschooled their entire academic life had higher scholastic achievement test scores than students who had also attended other educational programs."

As Paul Harvey was wont to say... that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the rest of the story.

Public Schools administrations, like the man-made global warming "science" freaks, do not want their shoddy operations exposed, so they employ "the best defense is a good offense" strategy.

Bob G.
Thu, 11/26/2009 - 8:41am

Personally, with the current state of our educational (wonderfully on par with another flawed system...the JUDICIAL one), I'd much prefer home-schooling my kids to having them exposed to the "nuances" of present day public schools.
Holding parents (with a PLURAL) RESPONSIBLE is nothing more than "getting back to basics"...aka the way it USED to be.
And it's about time, too.
When parents DO take the time to give a damn...the results are evident. But when they take an easy way out, we find ourselves hip-deep in lackluster intelligence.
We've had way too many people riding the ego-stroking gravy-train for these kids,...and as the children are growing up...it SHOWS.
Now...if they can ONLY teach these parents HOW to provide a child with something called BREAKFAST...and LUNCH, maybe we could start saving some money the educational system sorely needs to do what is required to educate our kids, and not be doling out freebies hand-over-fist.
(yeah, I'm so damn Draconian...and loving it.)

Sat, 11/28/2009 - 12:49am

Tim, feel free to pain me any time.
Judging from your website, it must make your day. Happy to be of service, friend.