Says voucher lawsuit about control, personal gain
Sasha Vrtunski’s public comments (on WLOS) on behalf of the NCAE Teachers Union lawsuit against the school voucher system are misleading.
Funny how liberal buzzwords such as “equality” and “choice” are applied so selectively. Parents who send their children to private schools continue to pay taxes for the public schools they do not use. Where’s the equality in that? And students who attend private schools reduce the population of public schools, thus lowering their expenses. Per-student spending at private schools is less than half of government spending of taxpayer money at public schools. At the same time, standardized test scores from private schools clobber those from public schools.
Contrary to Vrtunski’s claims, more money is not needed in North Carolina’s public schools. Where is freedom of choice under a government that will not allow parents’ taxes to be used in the schools their kids actually attend? This lawsuit by the teachers union is not about education. It is about control and personal gain.
Norm Bomer, Asheville
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.