Is the Voucher System Good for Alaska?
Alaska Commons, August 3, 2012
For many, it's absolutely inconceivable that America could be anything less than the greatest country on the planet Earth. Mired in mentally imposed isolationism, the general populace remains confused whenever credible, yet negative, portraits of America are presented. A lot of psychic energy is spent rationalizing away, or just plain ignoring, the face of Third World-like conditions inside our beloved First World.
But, it is not the average American citizen's fault.
History and Context: the School Voucher Controversy, Alaska Commons, August 7, 2012
Ten years had passed since General U.S. Grant accepted the surrender of the South from Robert E. Lee. It was the year 1875 and Grant found himself the President of the United States. In the fervor of Reconstruction, speaking before an audience of Civil War Veterans, and while making an appeal to Protestant voters for the upcoming election, Grant strongly suggested that the Constitution be amended. The separation of church and state needed to be explicated separated scholastically, he argued. No state monies should ever support religious schools.
Presidential rival, Senator James G. Blaine (Republican - Maine) thought the President was onto something good and decided to run with the suggestion. In December 1875 he proposed legislation amending the Constitution which passed the House of Representatives, but failed in the Senate. Still motivated, Blaine took the amendment idea to the States. It has become his lasting legacy.
Church and School: Why a Distinction Needs to be Made
As a moderate Republican I hold myself personally responsible to look at issues from both sides before I come to a conclusion. I like logic. So, I asked myself: why do conservative thinkers support school vouchers? How have they tried to make the education system better? What is their motive?
It is easy to demonstrate the failures in our school system, as my colleague Kokayi Nosakhere has reported. We live in one of the greatest nations God has ever created and this is how we set up our children for the future? How will America continue to be a great force for good without supporting ingenuity in technology and science and teaching future business leaders to profit and create jobs in our capitalist system?