Today's In Brief included the FEE Timely Classic, Education vs. Democracy by Sheldon Richman.
Two quotes from the article are worthy of reflection:
Government schools, in other words, are not the agents of parents and their children. Others besides them pay and therefore help call the tune. That inevitably turns the schools into laboratories for social engineering. No parent would want children's shoe stores run that way. It is hard to believe that's the education system parents would choose, given a free choice.And ...
Democratic control of schools, then, necessarily usurps parents' child-raising authority. The big decisions—such as the selection of schools and curricula—are made by others. Whatever the intentions, government schools rob families of essential freedom and responsibility. From any standpoint, it cannot be good for parents to bring children into the world expecting someone else to educate them. Considering that the most critical factor in the success or failure of children's education is the family, a school system that devitalizes families would seem a particularly self-defeating institution.
Since a majority vote of school-board members decides those controversies, parents represented by members voting in the minority are effectively disfranchised. They must abide by the majority decision. Even if they take their children out of the schools, they must go on paying for a system they abhor.The first quote is timely given the recent incident involving an Olentangy principal. As a fallen people, no one is immune from such behaviors. Though, it is important to stress the fact the school employees are not experts in raising children; no one is. We are all struggling and praying that our decisions lead to happy, healthy adult children.
Though they portray themselves as experts on raising your children, administrators and staff have simply fallen for the conceit of omniscience; a malady that befalls many in public service. The person sitting across the table or desk, discussing your child, is nothing other than a neighbor or fellow resident. They do not possess any more knowledge of your child than you do. For any administrator or teacher to imply otherwise is as foolish as it is harmful.
 I personally pray that the ills that have grabbed the aforementioned principal are healed. And, that he can make amends where amends are due. I have great compassion for the failings of men and women. However, I have no compassion for one who is awakened daily by the desire to push nonsense into the minds of children. The principal in his current state is the man on the road to Jericho, while the staff member inculcating nonsense is the one whose dust you shake off your shoes.