Thumbs-up for Govenor Jindal

When Kim and I were making decisions about the education of our children there were not many choices.  Basically there was public, private or home schooling.  We lived in Los Angeles and there was no way we were going to put the children into one of their public schools.  L. A. was on the cutting (Bleeding? Amputational?) edge of teaching philosophy and we did not want to see the brain, heart and soul of our children slowly gouged out and fed to a politically correct, anti-Christian, anti-intellectual and anti-skill development system.

At the same time we could not afford private school simply due to the cost itself. One year we were able two of our children to go to the school at the church we attended but it was only for that one year. And honestly we did not see any increase in the education that we provided them at home, so there was no real loss. So homeschooling was our choice and I believe it was a good choice. There is something delightful that takes place in my soul when I hear one of my grown children read knowing that it was their mother who taught them that life-changing skill. Not to mention the pleasant memories of coming home and hear her sing a song about some phonic letter along with one of my children.if you have doctors we would’ve sought out a private

At the same time I have no doubt that if we had the opportunity to have vouchers that we would’ve sought out a solid private school in which to put the children. As a pastor I have had the opportunity to watch families in our church use the voucher system that is offered in Milwaukee to send their children to school that is of their own choice. Such a unique opportunity and it is telling that in the city of Milwaukee where education is horrid whenever the vouchers are offered they are immediately snapped up.

All this is to say that I found an article regarding Louisiana very, very interesting in the manner in which Gov. Bobby Jindal is moving forward. Essentially he is looking at privatizing the entire education system so you can imagine what the school unions and public school officials are saying. The article is not pro-Jindal, but it cannot hide the many pluses of his plan.

Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.

Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.

As I said, the article is not a positive one but it cannot hide the positive message. It seeks to portray Gov. Jindal as “muscling” his agenda through the legislative branch. And horror of horrors math might actually include some aspect of the Bible, because you know how horrible it would be if that happened. If a parent chooses to put a child in a very conservative religious school where creation only is taught rather than creation and evolution again the sky might fall. Mind you the author of the article doesn’t seem to care if a child is put in a very liberal government school where evolution alone this taught and creationism is mocked. What is missing in the article in a positive sense is the idea that the tax dollars of the citizens are put back into their own hands so that they may choose the direction for their own children and that this would be good.

All I can say is that I hope that it goes through and have no doubt that it will be a roaring success and perhaps an example for other states to follow.  Who knows, if Gov. Walker survives this silly recall in a few days maybe he would be the next one to follow.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on June 2, 2012, in Parenting, Politics, What Tickles My Fancy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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