Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Do Parents Always Know What Is Best?

American Federation for Children
When you think of parents, what things come immediately to mind? Are words like "starve" or "beat" among them? Shockingly, in a recent blog post, parental choice opponent Diane Ravitch has offered up a Louisiana teacher's perspective to support the view that parents really don't know what's best for their children when it comes to education.
In the post, titled "Do Parents Always Know What Is Best?" Ravitch promotes the view that parents are not capable of making the best decisions when it comes to their child's education because they're "easily swayed by politicians" and don't understand how schools work. This post cites a teacher making the broad assertion that parents are abusive to children. Read the insults below:
Diane Ravitch's Blog
Believe it or not, Ravitch's blog is not alone in her demeaning rhetoric. Union leaders and education bureaucrats from across the country have routinely belittled parents; they believe that their own power is more important than giving parents a choice in their child's education.
This assault on parents has got to stop!
The American Federation for Children - the nation's voice for school choice - launched the Parents Know Best campaign to fight back against these special interests who believe they know better than parents when it comes to deciding what kind of education a child should have. We believe strongly that it's the parents who know what's best for their children. America needs more parental involvement in education, and you can help us achieve this.
By supporting the Parents Know Best campaign, you're joining millions of parents who believe in a better educational future for their children. One that isn't dictated by the special interests of teachers' unions, and one that doesn't put the needs of the system ahead of the needs of a child.
Please consider donating today to tell Diane Ravitch and the union bullies that parents DO know what's best for our children. Your support will help us continue to fight for freedom and choice in education.
John Schilling
Chief Operating Officer
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  1. Not to mention a huge out-of-control Child Protection Service second-guessing and crucifying parents for no good reason at all.

  2. Mr. Schilling,

    Come on, is that your real name? It's quite appropriate. Who are you "shilling" for? I'm sure that you're being paid a bundle to promote this hateful propaganda for some private, for-profit and "non-profit" interests who are just lusting for our tax dollars.

    And for what...let me guess, "more testing"..."charters"..."vouchers"..."triggers" and much more.

    It's wrong to attribute someone who quotes someone else in her article, and then imply that the words were from her. They weren't. And don't pretend you don't know what I'm saying.

    Shame on you. Sellout.

    Now run along and watch some more Fox "News"...it'll make you feel all warm and cozy inside...

  3. Parents, please don't fall for the hype. Educators know without a doubt that the PARENT is a child's first and most important teacher. We need you! Please continue to strengthen the parent/teacher partnership for the good of all our children.