Previously, I had been hearing that the reasons for full-day kindergarten included improving student test scores in later grades, as well as improving high school graduation rates. Don’t these students have schools to go to between kindergarten and graduation? Don’t legislators trust their professional public school teachers?
The trend is that nobody except Carrie Luce seems to believe that public schools can be trusted to educate most children.
My first thought was, if I were a highly educated, “rational” atheist parent, I would not send my children to public school; not because the readers in English classes glamorize witches, ancestor worship, and spirit guides, but because it is incapable of providing a sound education in the secular fundamentals. This is, in fact, the position of atheist physics professor Mike Morris.
Maybe community college professors can do reactive teaching for their own children to compensate for the intractable defects in public education. But it is irresponsible to then turn around and support public schooling unequivocally.