I question the credentials and knowledge of David Harmer, corporate lawyer who's challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney for the 11th Congressional District seat. Having published an editorial in 2000 calling for the abolition of public schools, written a book and authored a research paper on the same topic, Harmer labels public schools as "insidious" and advocates a plan to "dismantle them."
Obviously, Hammer isn't an expert in U.S. history or in democracy. Universal free education is basic to the development and maintenance of a representative democracy. Education gives our children equal chances to participate and makes a difference in their own lives and in the broader community.
I speak not only from my heart, but from my experience as a teacher. This includes migrant education, four- and two-year college teaching, middle school instruction as well as a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, where my students were the first in rural areas to not only graduate but assume active roles in their country. Education peacefully revolutionizes the future.
I'm the daughter of a European immigrant who arrived with his family at age l0. Almost immediately, he became a student in the schools of Brooklyn. His family realized that education was the path toward becoming not only a wage-earning adult, but a participant in the values of America.
Mr. Harmer, I can't imagine what you want to replace our free universal education system with, but I do know you are too extreme for our society.
I support McNerney for re-election to Congress.