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Future educators debate Clinton’s schooling choice
I voted for Bill Clinton and so far I am still sound with my decision, but
he has let me down recently. It is really not that big of a deal, but when I heard
the shocking news, I felt a heaviness in the part of my heart that belongs to
Clinton and his Democratic ideals. My crusader for better education is
sending his daughter to... (I hate to even say it)... private school.
Yes, I have heard the statistics that such and such number of private
school students perform such and
such percent better on the SAT than
public school students. I also sym
pathize with the argument that it is
a free country and if parents can
afford to send their children to pri
vate school, then let them, but the
Clintons are different in my opin
ion. They are the first family-elect!
Clinton is supposed to be a repre
sentative of the average and under
privileged public school goers, not
a private school snob (oh, please
don’t let this be).
I know, “get over it.” It may be as simple as “get over it” for all you non
certification majors, but it is a big deal for me. I plan to teach high school in
a public school, and I thought Clinton had faith in people like me and my
future colleagues. To be honest, my feelings are hurt. Sending Chelsea to
public school would be like making a statement to the American people that
Clinton believes in public education so much that not only is he willing to
campaign for it and support it through legislation, but is also willing to trust
his daughter’s future to it. I am really disappointed.
As for the secret service men who will be surrounding Chelsea for the
new four (or more) years, I do not think that a private school will be any less
disrupted than a public school by their presence. Besides, if all the stereotypes
are true about the differences between private and public schools, the private
school is going to be wonderful with or without Chelsea and her guards and
the public school can only be made better with them. Afterall, how many
hoodlums are going to be pulling guns and knives out at school with secret
service men always present? Am I reaching?
I voted for Clinton for many reasons, one being his ideas on education.
Perhaps I have confused Clinton with dear Jim Hunt (by the way, where did
he send his children to school?). Or perhaps Clinton has a scheme in mind.
Yes, that’s it! Clinton is going to send Chelsea to private school for two years
which will put pressure on public schools to improve. Then when public
schools are more as they should be, Chelsea will be transferred and Hillary
and Bill will join the PTA. Public schools will once again be trusted by the
all-wonderful President of the United States. What a splendid plan!
Until the American public is aware of what I hope Clinton is up to, I am
going to continue pouting about my favorite candidate’s decision to send his
daughter to private school (or was it Hillary’s fault?).
Come socialize and get assistance
in editing your Acorn submissions!
President-elect Clinton made a decision in the best interest of his family
this week when he decided to send his daughter Chelsea to private school.
Everyone should be allowed the freedom to make decisions. The United States
President is no exception. Although it is unfortunate that his best decision was
to avoid the public school system, Clinton has every right to send his daughter
to a private school.
Elected officials retain the
basic rights of all Americans.
Nothing dictates that once a citi
zen runs for presidential office he/
she must forfeit privacy rights or
the right to make personal deci
sions. As a matter of fact, nothing
says that Clinton must make per
sonal decisions that meet with the
public’s approval. The media seem
to think that the public should dic
tate how Clinton exercises, what
CUnton eats, and where his daugh
ter attends school.
Why should Clinton answer to every American because he made a
decision that will affect his family? He has not made a law that fires all public
school teachers. He has not withdrawn money from government supported
programs. His decision will not directly harm the educational system. Although
it is unfortunate that Clinton does not feel that public schools are the best place
at which to educated his daughter, he has every right to judge the situation and
respond accordingly. Since he has the resources to educate his daughter in a
private school, why should the public try to influence a family decision?
The issue is not that the educational system needs reform. This is no
surprise to anyone that changes need to be made. Since Clinton is obviously
aware of the problem, hopefully he will actively solve the problem. The issue
is the right to personal privacy.
It is unfortunate that when a president makes personal decisions, uses the
bathroom, or blows his nose, the media feel compelled to report it. However,
in the U.S. citizens seem to expect their elected officials to make all decisions
—personal and public ones, that meet the voters’ approval. Perhaps if citizens
become more concerned about what Clinton will do to change the country,
instead of what he will do to change his family photo-album, he will be a more
Thursday, January 21
7-8 p.m.. Chapel Commons Room
The WINGS Support Group, sponsored by Meredith Col
lege, Division of Student Development, is in the process of
reforming for the spring semester. Meetings will be in the Per
sonal Growth and Counseling Center on the second floor of Cate
Tentative meeting times are Mondays, 10-11a.m., or Thurs
days, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please indicate a time preference (even if
different from Monday or Thursday) on the pink sheet posted on
the WINGS bulletin board or by calling the PGCC at x8427.
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