I don’t want to start at public vs. private school debate, but my blood boiled when I found out that Discover card was giving away $25,000 to “your favorite” public school, but would not consider a private school because many private schools are faith-based.
My children attend Catholic schools, but I am not against public education. I believe every family has the right to decide what is best for them, and I am a strong advocate of school vouchers.
What bothers me is that what Discover is doing, IMHO, is anti-religious institutions just because they are religious. Furthermore, wouldn’t it be better to donate the money to a school in need, regardless of whether it is public or private? Public schools receive money from the government. A Catholic school with students who need remedial help in a poor neighborhood may need the money a great deal more than a gifted program in an affluent public school. (just as an example)
On Discover’s Facebook page, people are writing in supporting Discover’s decision to exclude private schools and knocking people who choose to send their children to non-public schools. They are not people in desperation, but instead they are asking for money for additional computers, etc. I’m not against giving money to children in need no matter where they attend school, but I don’t want to see it go towards administrators salaries, etc.
If Discover said they were giving money to charity, but only to non-religious charities, wouldn’t that be discrimination? After all, religious charities do a lot of good and help people of all faiths.
Sorry to go on and on, but I just wanted to get this story out there. I guess Discover is free to spend their money however they like, and there’s not much that can be done about it, but it still made me furious.:mad: I contacted them and let them know how I felt anyway, and needless to say, I won’t be applying for a Discover card.