John Kasich on Education
Former Republican Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
I worship in an Anglican church because I want to get Communion every Sunday. Other than that, I'd be comfortable almost anywhere. For a lot of people, church is also about community and fellowship. That's not me. When I worship in church, it's a very private matter--I guess because I'm such a public person in every other aspect of my life. I don't even feel that I need to pray with my family, at least not all the time.
My daughters go to a Christian school, and I'm very proud of the fact that they have both come to know the Lord. They have an age-appropriate understanding of what God is about, and that's reinforced for them every day at school, so I don't make them come to church with me on Sunday mornings. They can join me if they want, but I don't force it on them, and it doesn't seem to me that they're missing out.
But then, if you go deeper, you have to go back to the basics. You know, how was the earth created? Did the earth just come about on its own? I don't think so, but then I look at all the evidence and study the scientists and everybody else, and I say, "No."
[Another man] might look at the same evidence and say, "Well, what about my life?" He's got his own set of experiences. So, sometimes I think we have to go back to basics, and I think there are times at which our faith is weak, and other times when it's strong, but it requires an assent.
We simply don't have the rigor, the control in the classroom, the innovation, or the personnel to keep pace. Our public school leaders are reluctant to take any action or bring about substantive change because they're afraid they're going to get sued, or they fear the loss of market share, or they worry they'll innovate themselves straight out of their own jobs,
Our public school system is log jammed, broken-down, paralyzed... and it's been unable to reform itself. That's because it's beyond fixing, I'm afraid. I'm not just talking about schools in our inner cities; the problem runs to our small towns as well, and all across the country.
Parents get in line hoping to get a spot for their children in a new charter school program that was to begin the following school year.
I came away thinking we have no choice but to open up all of our schools in just this way, so that we can finally put some teeth into the "No Child Left Behind" mantra that passes for an education policy these days, and if we can't give parents full choice on the education of their own children then we ought to at least fight for a robust charter school movement.
H.J.RES.52 (2001), H.J.RES.66 (1999), S.J.RES. 1, H.J.RES.12, H. J. RES. 108, & H. J. RES. 55:
Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions. No person shall be required by the United States or by any State to participate in prayer . Neither the United States nor any State shall compose the words of any prayer to be said in public schools.H. J. RES. 78 (1997):
To secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of conscience: Neither the United States nor any State shall establish any official religion, but the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, or traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be infringed. Neither the United States nor any State shall require any person to join in prayer or other religious activity, prescribe school prayers, discriminate against religion, or deny equal access to a benefit on account of religion.
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