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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Supporting Seven Oaks Classical School

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

This is a letter I sent last week supporting the charter application for Seven Oaks Classical School.

To the charter school board,

As the father of two sons, I write you today in support of the Seven Oaks Classical School's charter application. While I understand that some in MCCSC (including the school board and employees) are opposed to the application, I believe it should be approved.

I have two primary reasons why I support this application. Their names are Timothy Tibbs and Rob Tibbs. When my sons get older, I want to provide them with the best education possible, and I am excited at the possibility of learning in a classical environment. I am especially excited about instruction in Latin, which will help my boys develop an extensive vocabulary.

I am opposed to vouchers for private schools, because "with government money comes government strings." SOCS is not a private school, despite the dishonest attempts to mischaracterize it as such. It is a public school, bound by the laws of the state of Indiana.

Some have worried about the values this school will teach, and are worried about this being an enclave of conservative thought. As you know, the primary place where children get their values is their parents, not their school. Children from conservative home swill be taught conservative values, regardless of whether they are at SOCS or MCCSC.

For example, Seven Oaks will not be teaching creationism, but many SOCS students will be taught that anyway - by their parents, not the school.

Some within MCCSC have worried about "losing" money to SOCS, but that carries an assumption that that money belongs to MCCSC to begin with. It does not. That money belongs to and follows the students. The objection to losing the money looks more like turf protection than a real concern for the students at MCCSC.

As you know, all children are different. Different methods work for different families. This is a method that will work for many families, and will greatly improve the learning for students. I ask you to allow us this choice, so we can try this method. No one is forced to attend SOCS, but I ask that you be pro-choice and allow Monroe County parents this opportunity.

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At October 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

"As you know, the primary place where children get their values is their parents, not their school."

If only! During eight years teaching in Nevada, I constantly faced parents who demanded to know why their kids behaved badly. The flip side consisted of families who unilaterally "exempted" their offspring from history classes that mentioned religion in any form, and one weird clan who demanded the "right" of their 6th and 7th grade kids to smoke across the street from school at recess--this despite a closed-campus policy and a state law forbidding possession of tobacco by anyone under 18. In both cases, the administration folded, terrified of "making waves" in a trigger-happy small town.

At October 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

The cases you mentioned are cases of parents instilling values in their children.

Not good values mind you, but values nonetheless.

At October 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

You seem to be saying that parents who instill criminal values in their children (the tobacco violations) are somehow justified in your eyes, under the banner of "parental rights." Why not take it to extremes and say Ma Barker was simply "misguided"? Surely you're rational enough to agree that school administrators should oppose and reject parental demands that their children be granted official permission to break laws on or near campus during school hours?

At October 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

No, I am not saying that. I said they were instilling values.

Not good values, but values nonetheless.

My point was that parents instill values in their children, for better or worse. Your examples proved my point.

The school should not have buckled. The principal should have been fired.