One-sided on schools

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I can’t help but feel that the edi­to­ri­als pub­lished by this pa­per on the is­sue of char­ter schools seem a lit­tle one-sided. Surely there is some­thing good that can be said for pub­lic schools in your edi­to­ri­als? I find it hard to be­lieve that it can all be a mess of odds and ends with no good sto­ries to come out of it.

I agree there should be char­ter schools in Lit­tle Rock. If a fam­ily wants to send their chil­dren to a char­ter school rather than a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, they should ab­so­lutely have that choice. And maybe I’m a lit­tle bi­ased be­cause I go to pub­lic school. But to see edi­to­ri­als be­ing run by the state’s lead­ing news­pa­per that im­ply that my school district is noth­ing but a mess held to­gether by duct tape and tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars is de­mor­al­iz­ing.

The is­sue of char­ter schools ver­sus pub­lic schools isn’t a case of a right an­swer and a wrong an­swer: There are cases to be made for both sides of the is­sue. Af­ter all, to quote Al­ger­non Mon­crieff from Os­car Wilde’s The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest, which I read this year in my high school: “The truth is rarely pure and never sim­ple.” ALEX CRAW­FORD

Lit­tle Rock

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