September 17th, 2011 - Freddie-714102 said:
In truth, the Federal Government shouldn't pay for ANY education at all, because it is not within its power to do so. But since we all think it's ok for the government to do whatever it wants to solve our problems for us, then yes, if public, then private.
December 12th, 2010 - Wallace-539706 said:
NO!!!!! If we give the government any entrance at all, then they take over through regulations. It would destroy our school system. Private is the key word here: if they cannot afford to pay to get in, they do not derserve to be let in. The change I would like to see, is that if we pay for private schooling, that we be exempted from having to pay taxes for public schools.
November 15th, 2008 - George-166509 said:
I agree with Jessica, who said that if private schools were supported by the government that they would no longer be private schools. I can well understand hard-strapped parents wanting a little assistance from the government, but if Catholic and other private schools start taking money from the government, then those schools would have to abide by all the government's regulations. I don't think it's outsde the realm of possibility for the Obama administration to require that all schools receiving government money teach that abortion, contraception, and homosexual sex are all good and virtuous acts. Most of our liberal, chicken-hearted bishops would probably go along just to continue receiving the government money.
March 29th, 2008 - Jeff-322762 said:
I voted yes too but only for immediate practical reasons. On average, Parochial schools perform better (i.e., create Super Humans...in a good sense) than public schools. But in the long run Government should not spend a penny on education at all. Of course, that will only occur when each American family has the resources to privately educate its children, and that's a long way off. But still, that is a good goal, and it's a Noble Goal. Our Government's policies should be geard toward that end because: 1) It's the fulfillment (spelling?) of the American Dream (one of them, at least); and 2) Why not endeaver yourself, and therefore your nation, to deliver to each of your countrymen a life each can be capable of satisfying each family's needs?
Although I am against Government spending on Education, I believe that Government spending on Parochial school vouchers will ultimately help create a nation of citzens smart enough to create a nation where Government need not spend money on education because All can acquire for him- or herself his/her own own educational needs.
March 25th, 2008 - De-315276 said:
I voted no but not because "it will drain funds from the public school system".
I'm more interested in the fact that once government contributes to private schools, then their agenda also moves into private schools. I object very strongly for the "politically correct" agenda of the government to enter the parochial schools more than it has already done so.
I do believe that there is a different caliber of student that exits the parochial school. They are instilled with the values of the school and thereby our Catholic values which are so needed in this day and age and I would not want to see this aspect change.
I spent most of my school age in Catholic schools - including college and I agree with Gerald that my college was Catholic in name only.
My concern is that the public schools will not be raising expectations to get to the higher standard but rather the reverse would happen. Private schools would have to lower expectations and standards and this to me is unacceptable.
I agree that teachers need to be paid better and we do need to choose where our money goes. Why are so many parishes and private schools struggling? Why are some of us no longer tithing to assist them? I know that we support what we believe in and sometimes we hold back because we don't agree with something or because we think something needs to change. Have we taken steps to voice our concerns with something other than our wallets?
If the Church that I belong to had a collection for Catholic schools, would we contribute to it? If not, why not?
March 24th, 2008 - Gerald-283546 said:
I think that as soon as the government begins to pay for something, it then begins to have control over that thing it is paying for. If we wish to have true freedom of religion and teach the Truth in our Catholic schools, we will need to stay completely free of government support, either direct or indirect.
It is not government's job to educate our kids, but rather the parents. If we let government spend a penny on us, they will someday tell us what we can and can't teach, and then we will have public schools with a Catholic name. Sorry this is probably an unpopular position with my fellow Catholics, but I think it is just reality.
Look at the so-called Catholic universities that have taken government money and are now Catholic in name only. I'll be discreet and mention no names. We can't have our cake and eat it too.
Freedom comes with responsibilty. If we want the freedom to teach the Truth as passed down in Catholic Christian Tradition, I believe we will have to remain completely free from government dollars, direct or voucher.
Let's support our Catholic school in the collection on Sundays.
March 23rd, 2008 - Trudy-188513 said:
For all you who voted yes for vouchers remember that Catholic School are not the only non public school. Also please remember that public schools must educate all children. If they have a learning disability or other problems then they are still educated in a public school. Also remember that many public school teachers are Catholic.
March 22nd, 2008 - Ann-15553 said:
When I went to Catholic School, we were treated like second class citizens compared to the public school kids, yet we saved the taxpayers big bucks. If the goverment supports each child in public, why shouldn't they contribute to the education of all children.
March 20th, 2008 - Joseph-2737 said:
In a non-Christian country like the United Sates, I'd have to say I would not want any government involvement in education. In a Christian nation, and by that it means Catholic, all government institutions and schools would be subject the teachings of Holy Mother Church in areas that would affect Faith and Morals, and all students whether Catholic or not would be subject to the same curriculum.
It has always happened over the years that once a school accepts money from a government institution in the US, sooner or later its Catholic identity and teaching suffers. They are tempted to compromise. This is true as well of the Church allowing government involvement in marriage as well. We have our own Church tribunals to deal with these problems.
My parents paid for 12 years of Catholic education for 8 children....and they paid for it not once but 2.33 times!!!! They paid the Catholic school tuition, they paid for the public school through taxes even though we did not go to public school, and given that 1/3 of the students in the Catholic school did not pay tuition as it was subsidized though the charity of parents like mine who made enormous sacrifices. Instead of getting vouchers, I'd much prefer to do all we can to reduce as much as possible any funding for the government re-education camps.
March 19th, 2008 - Steven-321078 said:
I feel that the public school system is offered as an equal oportunity for each and every person to achieve an education. However if you put your childs education as a financial priority to send them to a pricate school that is your choice. I attended a public school and recieved a great education. I also attended a state college and recieved a great bachelors degree. I believe that we should stive for what is important to us and not expect anyone else to provide it for us. if private school is a priority for you make it so financially, dont depend on the goverment to give your children what you want for them. work hard enough to do so your self.
March 19th, 2008 - Gregory-121459 said:
What a foolish argument to say that public schools would be hurt if the Gov payed for vouchers. Goverment schools may be free, but you get what you pay for! Teacher don't teach better if they are paid 150k! Teachers who teach for money are teaching for the wrong reason. The ones that are effective should be payed accordingly to be sure, but the bad one shoudl also be weeded out too. The Gov should get out of schools way. What are we? China? There will always be schools for the poor, but since when do we hold back educational inovation when people are screaming for it. We are already the laughing stock of the world in education, lets get the NEA out of the picture and let states formulate the most inovative program. Liberal social engineering in schools has brought us to our knees, its time to throw the nut cases back to the sidelines and do what works! Bring Classical Education back, let freedom ring and give parents back the power and kiss the Teachers unions goodbye. People wont be left in the dust, they will go where they are served best...and that is NOT, in a goverment re-education camp...school. Homeschooling works wonders too, just check their scores! Stop watching Opera and get the facts...whats wrong with people? IF there is a separation between anything, its between education and common scense. Church and state???? Than maybe the public schools should stop teaching the RELIGION of Secular Humanism. The Constitution promoted the separation between A Church and State, as in A DENOMINATION. It did not denounce a life of faith and state....Time to get our history from the writings of the founders and not CNN. When in doubt, read the freaking Constitution!
March 8th, 2008 - Michael-308675 said:
Yes, of course. I am with the 95% of the rest of you. It's a matter of basic social justice. It's also a basic social recognition that the primary responsibility and right to raise and educate children is with the parents. Right now, some parents who can not afford Catholic school are forced to send their children to schools that teach anti-Catholic values. It should not be this way.