The man who's leading the charge against subversive education — otherwise known as International Baccalaureate - is trying to muster support for his position that compassion and the opportunity to actually educate less fortunate children is a cross that should not be borne by public schools. What's sad is that Duncan Koler probably isn't the only Coeur d'Alene School District patron who feels that way. When Koler railed last week against what he called the “social services bureaucracy” that he alleges the school district is becoming, he packaged feeding, clothing and providing health care for children into his list of mistaken steps the district is taking, leading it down the slippery slope of socialism. Duncan's sarcastic rant Monday (you can hear it on cdapress.com) followed a December presentation on a backpack program that's gaining a strong foothold in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Sean Glenn, 8, and his sister Jenna Glenn, 6, eat breakfast at Ramsey Elementary in Coeur d'Alene. Ramsey is a summer meal site, part of a federal program to provide free breakfast and lunch to any child who shows up)
Question: Should schools be involved in meeting social services needs of children?