Neither "government-run" or private schools can be expected to teach children adequately (particularly a "Brenneis Genius" (I think that rhymes). In fact, that is not what they are supposed to do. These institutions sole responsibility is to facilitate an education, not provide one.
It is the sole responsibility of the student to take advantage of that priviledge. Do you think that I relied on my teachers and professors to teach me how to think, or even read? NO! I felt it was my responsibility to learn for myself. And if other students don't take advantage of resources like government-run schools or government-run libraries, its not the fault of the schools or the libraries. Its the student's fault!
But if the buck must be passed from the student, it surely can go no further than the parents. Instead of being personally accountable for their children's lack of motivation, intelligence, or discipline-- it's easier to blame public schools.
And as far as commissioner Turpin's assertion that private schools must be better because Stokes County elected Sonja Cox and she is a product of private schools -- the only thing her election (or any other Stokes election in the last 10 years) proves is that King and Tobaccoville need to be annexed by Winston-Salem!
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