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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Final Word

" If parents are too apathetic to make their children go to school, it is not the responsibility of the state to take on this function."

It continues to amaze me that the same group of people who insist that all these unwanted children be born in the first place would then turn around and deny them assistance once they come into the world. Why do you care so much for their lives when they are embryos, yet act so callous towards them once they become people?

I happen to believe that all parents don't know what is best for their child, or even care. When my grandparents were growing up, lots of their peers didn't attend school because their parents believed the child's time was better served in the fields than in the classroom. If a parent doesn't value education, then how will their child ever learn to value it without outside influence?

Once a child reaches a certain age, it is expected that they have the maturity to decide for themselves if education is a priority. I certainly don't believe a higher education is for everyone. Everyone shouldn't go to college. But the opportunity for an education should always be there, for everyone.

By the way, I have nothing against private schools if they meet your needs. As a matter of fact, I will be attending a private university in the fall to earn my my master's degree in education. Yep! Another liberal teacher is born!


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