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goldz April 10th, 2016 3:57pm

I've always thought charter schools were a great idea. Then I realized that with charter schools, any crazy cult can start a government funded school and brainwash their kids. Any insight?

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NKarta Please excuse my sanity
04/10/16 9:34 pm

They are going to brainwash their kids anyway. Why should thousands of good schools lose out so in one hypothetical scenario (which is going to happen anyway) we arent funding the brainwashing?

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Fjolsvin Midgard
04/10/16 9:27 pm

Government sponsored schools are run by a cult already, the cult of statism. The singular goal of these institutions is to indoctrinate youth that the only option is government.

dominiclandry
04/10/16 7:48 pm

Is the problem the cult's ability to start a school, or is it the cult itself?

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 7:57 pm

Good point but let's at least stop them from starting a school.

applechicken101 NY
04/10/16 1:54 pm

Just completely privatize and have zero federal funding. Let charities figure out how to educate the poor

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613dimples New York
04/10/16 1:04 pm

It's difficult to get approval for charter schools so there is that. However the saving grace is that parents of kids who attend charter schools are those who are active in their children's education. Should they find an objection, they will pull them out.

imanag My heaven on Earth
04/10/16 12:20 pm

Like others have said, do your research. My sons attend a charter school and I really like it. They emphasize academics, personal responsibility, and social skills. That was what I wanted for my kids. You can also compare charters to local schools on websites like Greatschools.com. Good luck.

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taxumrat milky way galaxy
04/10/16 11:36 am

I went to a charter school for high school. Absolutely loved it. I do understand the fear of a charter school doing kind of what they want. As states earlier, just do your research on the schools.

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LibArtie SW Connecticut
04/10/16 10:09 am

Charter schools would be fine with government oversight and strict regulation. This, regrettably isn't the case. I can envision a national franchise being launching called "School of Scientology."

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sfcren Wyoming
04/10/16 9:38 am

The best thing about charter schools is you can leave them whenever you like. You really have to reasearch the school, but they often offer services public schools dont or make it easier to get help for your child.

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goldz oh this world
04/10/16 9:40 am

But imagine if the government funded charter schools nationally. I could start an anti-vaccination school or a flat-earth school and all the kids of lunatic parents would never have a chance for a normal eduction.

sfcren Wyoming
04/10/16 10:41 am

Which is why I said research them, and you can leave the school and go to a different one much more easily than the public school system.

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 11:00 am

But some parents want their kids to be raised thinking the earth is flat.

sfcren Wyoming
04/10/16 11:05 am

That may be true, in that case if there was a provision that a charter school cannotvteach that or scientology for example then they wouldnt recieve any federal funding that is fine. Private schools can already do this because they are privately funded.

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 11:06 am

Very hard to enforce though. Can't control what teachers say.

sfcren Wyoming
04/10/16 12:26 pm

True even in public schools.

613dimples New York
04/10/16 1:06 pm

Children predominantly get their political and social ideology from their parents. Should we start regulating who can or cannot be parents. And who or how would that be determined?

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 1:08 pm

At least schools can expose them to other ideas.

613dimples New York
04/10/16 1:12 pm

Does your school expose you to other ideas? How many of those ideas do you really internalize? Be honest with yourself.

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 2:06 pm

Well my school is a private school so I can't speak for public schools.

It doesn't matter what the kids do with the ideas. That's not our problem. Our problem is making sure they get the exposure.

613dimples New York
04/10/16 2:11 pm

As a parent you can make that decision. And as a parent everyone else can make that decision for their children. It's not for you or me to decide. A charter school is technically a private school where tuition is paid by the government. This allows for people who can't afford a private school to attend one.

There are regulations for charter schools, particularly with respect to religion.

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 2:15 pm

What if I believe that Obama is a Martian and is telepathically linked to Putin and everything is all a Martian conspiracy and China doesn't exist and I find some like minded parents and we start a school? Should the government fund it?

613dimples New York
04/10/16 2:22 pm

Like I said before, there are regulations in establishing a charter school. I know this because my cousin tried to start one and gave it up because of too much red tape

613dimples New York
04/10/16 2:23 pm

Additionally you would have to find dozens of like minded teachers for this one student to be exposed to only one opinion

goldz oh this world
04/10/16 2:29 pm

Obama's planet of origin is not the only thing they could teach kids. What about hating America or hating a certain race.

613dimples New York
04/10/16 2:35 pm

And you think that doesn't happen in public schools?