About a quarter of the respondents — 26 percent — express "complete" or "a great deal" of confidence in the public schools. Almost a third — 31 percent — say they have "hardly any" or "very little" confidence. The other 42 percent say they have "only some confidence" in the primary system for educating the state's children.
Read the whole thing here. This after the state has once again embarrassed itself with standards dictated by ideology and sect rather than scholarship and intellectual honesty. Poor Texas.
A young friend has completed a home-school education recently. A few years back, her father noticed she was more and more reluctant to go to school, asking to be dropped off at the last possible minute. Turned out she had become the target of thugettes who threatened to beat her up. We were talking to The Girl about the situation at the time. She asked, 'Is she pretty? Is she smart?' Yes and yes. Girl just shrugged as if the situation were self-explanatory. How could a smart and pretty girl, and a petite girl at that, expect not to be menaced in public school? Our friends pulled their daughter out of VISD schools and educated her at home, no doubt to much better effect than the public schools would have done, and also spared their child daily fear from unrestrained delinquents. It is telling that so many public-school teachers homeschool their children or put them in private schools.