Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 09:37:17 PDT
I've loved this idea for years. The biggest problem I see with it is
transportation. It would work fine in places where public transportation
is available, but in more rural areas, the lower-income kids would go to
the schools nearest them, or ones they could be bussed to, which would not
encourage competition amongst schools "across the tracks" from each other.
However, I don't think that it shouldn't be implemented just because some
kids wouldn't benefit from it, because eventually it'll be a Jetsons-like
planet, where there will be public transportation everywhere. The magnet
school program out in Pacifica/Bay Area is pretty cool. A friend of mine
had to ride the busses for about 1.5 hours to and from school every day,
but she kicked serious ass there because it was the school she chose, and
because they specialized in the things she was interested in (math and
science). Anyhow, my biggest question is: What're they waiting for?
"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity."
-- Robert Frost
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