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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's supreme court pick is anti public education

I think there are a lot of reasons to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination but here I am going to focus on his anti public education positions. 

Kavanaugh is a big believer in school vouchers. In Florida that means students can attend schools without certified teachers let alone degrees. Many of the schools teach junk science, intelligent design and a perverted version of history, slavery wasn't that bad and dinosaurs and humans coexisted.     

Now I can't say for sure if Kavanaugh thinks slavery was okay but I can say he is okay with private schools teaching that it was.

He also pushed prayer in our schools. Now to be honest I pray all the time while at school. I pray the powers that be will finally listen to teachers and help us give students what they need, but that's not the type of prayer he was defending in 1999.

From Politico:

  Kavanaugh wrote an amicus brief in December 1999 in favor of a Texas high school’s policy allowing the use of a public address system for student-led and student-initiated prayers at school football games. The amicus brief, on behalf of Oklahoma Republican Reps. Steve Largent and J.C. Watts, argued that the policy passed constitutional muster — an argument the Supreme Court rejected. In a 6-3 ruling, the court declared the school policy allowing prayer unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Sigh, the right really loves the second amendment but doesn't mind ignoring the first.

Kavanaugh's push to entangle religion with a public education is fraught with peril and is to put it mildly an interesting position coming from the son of a public school teacher.

From the Washington Post:

As he was introduced Monday at the White House, though, Kavanaugh pointed to his mother’s work as a history teacher at two public schools in the District in the 1960s and ’70s, McKinley Tech and H.D. Woodson, before she went to law school.
“Her example taught me the importance of equality for all Americans,” Kavanaugh said.
I imagine he wishes he could have gotten away with saying "Christian Americans", there.
Now I think we should invest public schools, and we should have standards. Those people that support vouchers are pretty much saying the opposite while they funnel money away from schools most of which are already starving. 
Kavanaugh's position seems to be anything goes as long as it is religious based, though, I think we all know he has just one religion in mind.
Like I said, I believe there are many reason people should oppose his nomination but as a teacher and supporter of public education, I find his opinions on public education very troubling to say the least.  

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