Minnesota must do better to prepare students to be informed citizens
While cookouts, fireworks, and time with loved ones are certainly fun parts of the Fourth of July, I hope you took some time to reflect on the holiday’s significance —…
Last week we celebrated National School Choice Week. It is an annual opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on all forms of school choice—from traditional public schools, public charter schools and magnet schools, to private schools, religious schools, online schools and home education.
The celebration’s social media campaign elicited numerous positive tweets under the hashtag #SchoolChoiceWeek. In response, it appears, the #ILovePublicSchools Twitter hashtag was scheduled to evoke support for public schools, according to Choice Media. But the top tweets under the #ILovePublicSchools hashtag were just the opposite. See below for a couple of examples. Too many students are stuck in a school system that is failing them. We must do better.
#ilovepublicschools because you get all of these amazing benefits:
• Indoctrination ✅
• Mental health problems ✅
• Bullying ✅
• Violence ✅
• Gang activity ✅
• Memorizing training ✅
• Prison pipeline ✅
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) January 30, 2020
— mari ❤️ joyri au? (@yerimmieh) January 29, 2020
#ilovepublicschools and the pressure (both socially & academically), anxiety, depression, & overall mental anguish it inflicts
Or how they set us up for failure in the real world by hardly preparing us for anything
I love going to sleep & hoping not to wake up because of it ?
— Debating Shady (@DebatingShady) January 29, 2020
I love assemblies against bullying but nothing actually being done
I love being threatened with death and teachers dismissing it
I love my friend being assaulted on school grounds and being told she shouldn’t have put herself in that situation ? pic.twitter.com/6kjzat4Hbt
— Elisa ✨? (@SlyElisa22) January 29, 2020
#ilovepublicschools is really something…My own children separately, told me this week that they hate school and really do not want to go. They’ve each said the thought of going makes them miserable. The first step to learning to serve someone is truly listening to them…
— Julia E. Torres (@juliaerin80) January 29, 2020