Originally posted by Amethyst
I'm in Amish country, and I think there are Amish businesses that hire only Amish. And I hardly see any white people working at Chinese restaurants.
I see all Mexicans working at the Mexican restaurants around here.
Don't we have freedom of association or something? I see no problem with it.
Do I really need to explain the differences between the Head start program, Amish businesses, and chinese and mexican resturants....okay, here it
1. the head start program is funded mostly with taxpayer dollars...I doubt if the Amish ask the gov't for much of anything outside of they be left
alone, but well, if they had the mindset of the christian right, that'd probably be demanding nice new roads to drive their horse driven carriages
down. So, how many mexican or chinese resturants do you know relying heavily on tax dollars to operate?
2. If I don't want my kids to be exposed to the chinese or mexican language, or culture, well, it's simple, just take them to pizza hut instead,
there won't be much in long lasting bad effects from such moves.. Head start on the other hand, well, it takes in at-risk kids....at risks of being
educational handicapped later if they aren't intervened with now. there are income guidelines that must be met to prove that the parents don't have
the means to intervene on their own, and testing is done to show that there are warning signs present that this child might have a problem. Then
throughout their headstart experience, these children are tested, and retested, observed.....and I imagine, many have been saved from having to start
out their tradition schooling being labeled handicapped or far behind their peers. My kid won't be harmed by never going to a mexican resturant, but
just might be if they are denied headstart. and, sadly enough, their isn't enough funding for every kid, so some will miss out.
3. this is taxmoney being used for this program, a program that is being run for the good of everyone, in my opinion! I expect the government to get
all the bang it can for it's bucks!. To pass by 20 very well qualified teachers for the one that just happens to suite your religous preferences
isn't acceptable to me! if that mexican resturant, or chinese resturant wishes to run their business in such a manner, fine, they are only hurting
themselves. but if it's done in the headstart, it will hurt us all!!
discrimination has and always will happen in the world. but, it shouldn't be encouraged or made legal by the government, and my tax money shouldn't
be what is paying thier salaries!
like I said, why hire only those of your faith, if you don't intend on inserting your faith into the curriculum. the funds don't meet the need now,
and it's not like a new pair of shoes that you can easily go without if you have to. and no parent should be forced to decide between having their
child be exposed to religious propaganda or having that child go without needed services that are intended to make his chances of success later in
life more positive.
[edit on 1-10-2005 by dawnstar]