Let Me Rise, Let Me Choose

Let Me Rise, Let Me Choose

From the Heritage Foundation

From the Heritage Foundation

Let Me Rise” is a short film from the Heritage Foundation about the ability (or rather, inability) of Americans to send their children to good schools of their own choice.

Every taxpaying American is charged for the public school system, yet many Americans find that the public school system isn’t meeting their needs.  These Americans are forced to pay for something with which they are dissatisfied, and this forced-payment leaves them with fewer resources to put their child in a private, religious or home school environment as they would like to.

While many public schools throughout our country provide a high quality education, many are gravely failing our children. Consider that for years, Washington D.C. schools–the school system of our nation’s capital–has spent more than any other school district per child…while D.C. school children finish dead-last in academic performance.

Many parents are appalled at the institutional hostility to their Christian faith that characterizes most public schools.  While there are a number of good teachers in the public school system, many–either through ignorance or outright bias–are hostile toward personal displays of religious faith by public school students.  Further, the attempts by our errant court system to declare public schools as “faith-free zones” sends a clear message to our children: your religious beliefs have no place in “real life.”

Still other parents are dismayed at the moral cesspool the public school system has become, with regard to their children’s classmates.  Many of their classmates come from broken homes and homes where children receive no moral training or discipline whatsoever.  What’s more, the court system and school administration has made it extremely difficult for teachers to maintain discipline, order, and a morally wholesome environment.  Consequently, despite the best efforts of some parents, their children learn from other children about drugs, alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, homosexual behavior, rebelliousness, violence, and more–all in an institutional environment that teaches them “religious values are not welcome here in the ‘real world’.”

While I believe all parents and children across our country deserve the assistance of their government in providing the best education parents deem possible for their children, it makes the most sense to begin extending such choice in the areas of our country where school conditions are worst.

So it is that this film concentrates on just that place: Washington D.C. schools. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is a program to help disadvantaged students attend private schools.  However, Congress in its infinite wisdom has decided to phase out this program, to once again lock 1,715 students into the worst school district in the nation–while many of them exercise the right to put their own children in private schools.  Even our president puts his children in private school–something many average Americans cannot afford after sending their taxes in to support the public school system.

Why not return to parents a portion of their tax dollars so they can get a better education for their children?  Private schools and home schoolers have been proving for years that they can produce better academic achievement for far less money per pupil.

While Juan Williams of NPR is a liberal, even he recognizes the need for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, and he addresses that need in the “Let me Rise” video below.

We must stop aiming for the lowest common denominator.  We must stop perpetuating ignorance and helplessness.  We must stop putting unions and special interests before the good of our children–and our republic.

Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. – Northwest Ordinance, 1787

Religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man toward God. – Gouverneur Morris, signer of the Constitution and author of the preamble

3 Responses to “Let Me Rise, Let Me Choose”

  1. You can idenify the point where we started haveing the moral and and religious break down in our society.The late 1950s and early 1960s.A time when Madaline Ohara steped up and single handed forced Jesus Christ out of the schools in this country,we heard barley a whisper of opposition from the church.I dont blame the church as a whole i blame the men that call themselves Christians and leaders of the church,even though i was a young man iam numbered among the ones who did nothing.As a result we have guns, murder and drugs in our schools, our young girls are haveing babies, our young men and women joining gangs, our teachers are paying more attention to union politics than teaching our children, or students spend more time in sports than in the class room.Our schools spend more time raising money than they do teaching.Now we have elected a President that thinks its more important to teach our young children about homosexuals than reading,proof,our children are comeing out of our schools and at least half cant read.He has appointed a safe schools czar that is one of the most radical people in this country to oversee our schools,and again the men ,leaders i n our churchs and homes are not saying a word above a whisper.People,Christians,we are the Church its not your neighbor thats responsible for whats happening to your country Its everybobys fault . Men God gave us the leadership role in the Church and home ,although the women are the backbone of todays church and home,a role that has been forced on them and they are doing a fine job,in fact if the women had not steped up we would probably not have a church today.Men as Christians if we dont get up of our lazy behinds and take the leadership role that God has appointed to us in the Church and the home the Church and our homes are going to keep going down the tubes.If we dont step up before long there will be no Church ,no marriage, no familys,these thing are happening now.The people that are in office now are determined to take you freedoms,they have already started with the hate crimes bill, it wont be long before they start arresting our Pastors for preaching the Bible.Men please lets do what God has instructed us to do, be leaders in our Church,dont let this Government get anymore control over us.We all know that God is still in charge,but we have pushed him to the back and only go to him when something happens or we get sick, something that we cant control.We had better put him back in charge of our lives and we do that by makeing him first in everything we do.God Bless

  2. You can idenify the point where we started haveing the moral and and religious break down in our society.The late 1950s and early 1960s.A time when Madaline Ohara steped up and single handed forced Jesus Christ out of the schools in this country,we heard barley a whisper of opposition from the church.I dont blame the church as a whole i blame the men that call themselves Christians and leaders of the church,even though i was a young man iam numbered among the ones who did nothing.As a result we have guns, murder and drugs in our schools, our young girls are haveing babies, our young men and women joining gangs, our teachers are paying more attention to union politics than teaching our children, or students spend more time in sports than in the class room.Our schools spend more time raising money than they do teaching.Now we have elected a President that thinks its more important to teach our young children about homosexuals than reading,proof,our children are comeing out of our schools and at least half cant read.He has appointed a safe schools czar that is one of the most radical people in this country to oversee our schools,and again the men ,leaders i n our churchs and homes are not saying a word above a whisper.People,Christians,we are the Church its not your neighbor thats responsible for whats happening to your country Its everybobys fault . Men God gave us the leadership role in the Church and home ,although the women are the backbone of todays church and home,a role that has been forced on them and they are doing a fine job,in fact if the women had not steped up we would probably not have a church today.Men as Christians if we dont get up of our lazy behinds and take the leadership role that God has appointed to us in the Church and the home the Church and our homes are going to keep going down the tubes.If we dont step up before long there will be no Church ,no marriage, no familys,these thing are happening now.The people that are in office now are determined to take you freedoms,they have already started with the hate crimes bill, it wont be long before they start arresting our Pastors for preaching the Bible.Men please lets do what God has instructed us to do, be leaders in our Church,dont let this Government get anymore control over us.We all know that God is still in charge,but we have pushed him to the back and only go to him when something happens or we get sick, something that we cant control.We had better put him back in charge of our lives and we do that by makeing him first in everything we do.God Bless