[quote=KCT]They may be a deserving family and I certainly don’t want someone’s life ruined.
What I don’t understand is when schools become responsible for solving everyone’s problems. Free breakfasts, free lunches, free counseling, immunizations, vision tests, dental care … the list goes on. I don’t see how schools can be faithful to their mission of teaching academic subjuects if they’re burdened with all these other issues.
With the money the county spends on private teaching for expelled kids, I wonder if they’re short changing the kids who are in school following the rules. Those students live w/ budget cuts while expelled kids stay home all day and have a teacher come to them. —KCT
KCT, you can correct me, but the kids who get home tutoring aren’t getting it because they chose it, right? They’re getting it because they want a public school education but cannot avail themselves of it. That kid who did the inappropriate touching may have an emotional or mental illness, rather than a physical one. Many of the kids under long-term expulsion may be in the same boat.
Keeping a child in a position to achieve to their ability academically is pennies on the dollar compared to the problems with having illness or some other treatable problem put them behind. It isn’t just better for the one kid. It is better for everybody.
It would be nice to concentrate on “just education”, but education cannot take place properly in an unhealthy child. Screening for vision and hearing problems prevents years of schooling being wasted on a frustrated child who can’t even hear or see properly. Those other extras are pennies on the dollar compared to chaotic classrooms, incarceration, and epidemics. The reason these “extras” are everyone’s problem is because everyone is better off when these problems are solved.
With regards to vision: I was one of those kids. I had some idea I didn’t see as well as the other kids, but I tried to hide it. My parents didn’t know I couldn’t see, because I didn’t want them to know. I did not want glasses, because I didn’t want to be different. I had no idea how wonderful life would be with vision correction. Kids are like that.
Besides, how can we say, “We’re interested in your education, but you, we could care less about you”? How is that going to prepare them to take their place in society, a society that takes care of its elderly who are past contributing anything? It is the person we need to concern ourselves with, not just what return we’re going to get on our tax dollars.
Still, I hear your point about the need to be frugal. We have more good things to do than we have resources to do them. It can get frustrating to think that a few, by their poor choices, may be taking the resources from those who need help for reasons that they could not have prevented.
Nevertheless, we’ve all made poor choices, even if they were sins of omission rather than the sins that get one expelled. Most of us have done less with our bounty than we expect some others to do in their want. So I’d rather err on the side of generosity there, too.