Two of the Slate’s contradicting writers, Amanda Ripley and Allison Benedikt, have very different views on education and particularly with respect to a parent’s level of involvement in their children’s education. Allison Benedikt’s article “If you send your kid to private school, you are a bad person” talks about the moral obligation of parents to send their children to public school. She say that the only way for our public school system to improve is if we keep our kids in public school and if the parents get more involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Amanda Ripley’s article “Ban school bake sale” argues that parents should spend more time with their kids at home instead of spending the time with them at their school. Time spent at home reading, with someone or alone, and having family dinner discussions has more of an impact than time invested in school fundraising, volunteering, or by joining the PTA.
Which Slate writer do you agree with?
A. Amanda (less bake sales)
B. Allison (more PTA)