I just read Doug Downs letter saying private privilege shouldn't replace public education. Public education used to be a very good concept where everybody poor and rich could get a good education.

But over the last 50 to 70 years public education has no longer become a public Christian education as it used to be. Remember that our country was founded on Christian principles. Now it has gradually changed into a humanist education. The reason many people home school or send their children to private education is because they don't agree with the philosophy and the religion that is being promoted in public schools. They figure their child's education is worth the extra money. It's not that they have the money but they're willing to make that sacrifice because the education of their children is so important. Many people don't seem to be too concerned about their children's education as long as they don't have to pay for it.

I have been one that has made the sacrifice for private education for my children for that reason and that reason alone. I no longer have kids in school, but I still think that everyone should have their children educated in the way that they see best.

Therefore, I do think that school choice is an excellent concept and those who want to bring up their children in the way that they should go and should be able to get the same benefits as those who don't seem to care. What I find interesting is that most states have school choice, but here in Montana the public education system fights against it even when statistics show that homeschoolers and private education are better educated as a rule than those in the public school system. This argument is not about education but about religion and philosophy.

Klaas Tuininga