Private Schools Squeezed by Charter Competition
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  • wigwag

    Maybe if the Roman Catholic Church had to shell out less money to compensate parishioners abused by priests it might have a little more money available to improve the quality of its parochial schools. Who knows; but for its failure to get rid of priests who fondled children, maybe the Church could have subsidized the tuition it charges to attend its schools.

    Maybe it’s the Roman Catholic Church not the Government which is the major combatant in Professor Mead’s “war on the young.”

  • Jim Luebke

    And with that, the Leftist opposition to charters drains away.

  • wigwag

    Professor Mead has advocated government funding for religiously affiliated schools before, but he never addresses the potential consequences of the policy he recommends for social comity in the United States.

    If it is constitutional for tax dollars to flow to religiously affiliated schools, it is surely unconstitutional for the Government to fund some religious institutions but not others. Surely the government is not permitted by the Constitution to privilege some religious content more than others.

    Most Americans would be fine with tax dollars underwriting tuition at Catholic schools; would they be as supportive of tax dollars supporting Muslim madrasahs? What if those madrasahs were affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and they indoctrinated school aged children with the credo, “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations?”

    What if the madrasah was affiliated with the Nation of Islam. Would most Americans be okay with biology courses that taught young children that white people are inherently evil because their ancestors were “ice people?”

    Would Professor Mead feel comfortable with tax dollars flowing to an ultraorthodox Jewish Yeshiva where teenaged boys were taught that it is sinful to risk brushing up against a mentrusting woman? How about a school established by scientologists; should tax dollars support that school too?

    In a society as diverse as ours, social comity is critical. Do we really want to risk government funding of religious beliefs that many if not most Americans would find repugnant?

    Aren’t we better off staying out of the quagmire which is the inevitable consequence of government supported religious schools?

    • Jim Luebke

      Public schools today advocate secular humanist “morals” that majorities of Americans find repugnant.

      If it’s a choice between the status quo and a risk of Orthodox Jews getting taxpayer money, I think we’ll face the risks.

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