Opinion

Why charter schools?

To the editor:

Why charter schools? Why private schools? Is there anything wrong with public schools? Well according to some right wing Christian groups, there is something wrong with public schools in that they don’t teach their religion, especially their fundamentalist kind. So they have come up with this supposed brilliant plan to destroy public schools and in their stead replace them with charter and private schools that will teach their religion, their peculiar Christian religion of course! (I doubt very much that Islam and Buddhism or any other non-Christian religion will be the preferred one!)

There is a reason why America has in the First Amendment of our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Our Forefathers, like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, were learned men. They also knew of the horrors of religious wars played and being played out in Europe and other nations at the time and they wanted to make sure that it did not occur in the newly created United States. In effect, the State was not to meddle in the affairs of religion and vice versa. This foresight alone has kept this nation together now for well over 200 years.

Other factors for this cohesiveness was and is our relative liberal immigration laws that welcomed all sorts of different cultures and religions, and more recently our public schools, where all cultures, religions, ethnic groups and nationalities were homogenized into one cohesive population, all Americans, all speaking the same language, all One People.

But now come the right wing Christian cults, anti-science, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion, anti-everything that does not jive with their radical Christian cult beliefs. What is in their way to make America their “Christian Nation” you may ask? Correct, charter/private schools! It’s that pesky separation of Church and State that is in their way. Solution: charter schools!

Again, segregationists are rearing their ugly heads and beliefs to segregate and dichotomize the American people. Theirs are perverted beliefs that theirs is the only religion, ideology and race that matters, and so the move to separate their highly esteemed selves from the rest of the not so highly esteemed American people.

Charter schools are being created to funnel away public school monies, thereby slowly strangling and destroying public school education. This is their master plan. They favored Betsy Devos, a billionaire, a charter school advocate and a hater of public schools, who has no education experiences whatsoever, to be head of the Secretary Of Education. Her primary mission is to destroy public schools.

If you think I’m being alarmist, just wait and see! You are all about to hear more about charter schools in the very near future and it is not all good! It will make the fight over local school budgets we are having these days look quaint. Stay tuned.

James P. Chasse
St. Agatha

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