Just a quick note: It was not my intent to say that Barger was unacceptable. We are planning to move to a neighborhood closer to downtown in the next couple of months (hence our desire to get into CSAS) and that school was unacceptable. We want to tour Barger before making a decision on whether to send our daughter there.
And volunteersone--I'd argue that we don't need to use empty buildings. Take a failing school, scrap it, and start a program there.
I'm sorry that my daughter won't be attending CSLA or CSAS, but from the beginning some of the attitudes bothered me. The Paideia maxim "the best education for the best being the best education for all" is completely hypocritical here, since it's really "the best education for the best being the best education for children with involved parents." If Paideia really works, we need to use it for the students whose parents aren't able or willing to be involved as well.
Nice article, Kelli.
To denicewright60: The Hamilton County Department of Education gets millions in federal grants each year, so yes, the attorney for Wisconsin is, in some small way, paying to run our schools.
It's really not that difficult, people. I recently went to a football game at the University of Notre Dame. Somehow people didn't riot at the absence of a pregame prayer. Instead, there were prayer services offered before and after the game for those interested. I'm quite sure someone could find a church or two or ten in Soddy Daisy that would be willing to hold such services--heck, I'm pretty sure they could provide buses to take people to and from the game as well.
The only thing that bothers me about a pregame prayer is that it delays the start of the game.
EPD1979 - I did. Since there is no heaven or hell, there wouldn't be any atheists in hell. And, if you look to the left of the "A" on your keyboard you'll see a key labeled "Caps Lock." Please press it once.
I'm an atheist, but I don't have any problem with this. Any time you want to have a bunch of marauding teenagers shred Bible verses, go right ahead.
Seriously though, the Bill of Rights was written not to protect the majority, as they seldom need protecting, but to protect minorities. You may see a team prayer or holding up prayer signs as a morale builder, but to the Jewish, Muslim or atheist kid on the team it just shows him that, in the hearts of his teammates, he's really not part of the team.