Rex Sinquefield's recent comments demonizing public schools and teachers has backfired in a massive way. Even in southwest Missouri, Nixa Schools Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith is expressing his outrage:
Missouri Billionaire Rex Sinquefield said, “A long time ago, decades ago, the Ku Klux Klan got together and said how can we really hurt the African-American children permanently? How can we ruin their lives? And what they designed was the public school system.” He added, “I hope I don’t offend anyone.”
Well, he did.
Where Sinquefield chose to quote the KKK, I opt to quote Horace Mann, “The public school is the greatest discovery made by man.” I might add, ‘for all man-kind’ regardless of the color of their skin[...]
Rather than working with the public education system so that a positive solution can be found that will benefit our children, these radical individuals would instead rather use the poison pen and an unbridled tongue to create, and even reinforce, negativity which benefits no one.
In fact, it damages our most precious commodity—our children, while making the public school system its scapegoat.
Dismantling public education would be like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs for America. One must not let his emotions get ahead of his logic because that seldom results in a helpful message or a positive solution.