By Rose Duhaime, parent
Published Highlands Ranch Herald
In response to “Claims about schools are rubbish”: Michael Wallace claims that schools should be run like a business, and businesses will listen to customers. I’d like to remind Michael Wallace that this BOE didn’t listen to their customers when they dismissed the negative results in their survey in 2012. I can’t help but wonder if this is the same survey company that called my house last week and hung up when I responded negatively! This BOE proceeds to ignore their customers.
I also want to remind Michael Wallace that many businesses did not/do not listen to customers. This is how so many businesses fail! But Michael is only looking at things with his free-market, drown-all-government-in-the-bathtub, rose-colored glasses. I am a customer and I will not vote for any current BOE. I want them all out! Their new product is loaded with profiteers who see an opportunity to make money on the backs of my kids and my neighbors’ kids.
I have no problem with reform, and there is room for reform. My two oldest went to a charter school for nine years each and I will always defend charter schools. But restore my fifth-grader’s PE class! Restore my fourth-grader’s exposure to geography to more than two days’ coverage, restore the high expectations for graduation. Capitalists and free marketeers are by their very nature…profiteers, they want to make a profit…profit off our testing, profit off tuition, profit off our children’s education and their future. By their very nature, profiteers want profit first, customer service is not their priority. I hate to break it to you Michael, it’s the same in the business world. But I am most mad about the vouchers. I personally would not be able to afford the $15,000-$20,000 to send my child to a private school, voucher or no voucher of $4,575, that still leaves me coming up with the remainder. And I have four children.