-- IVAR HUSA, Richland
Maybe. The public has an obligation to enforce educational standards on charter schools. These should be no less than those imposed on public schools. We would be abrogating our duty to religious freedom if we were to allow religious instruction in a charter school. This is a bright line. No public financial support for religious training.
Some charter schools, most notoriously in Louisiana, teach nonsense known as creationism. It is a pathetic cruelty to indoctrinate children in such drivel. They could grow up to be a congressman and inexplicably sit on the House Science Committee, as Paul Braun does, and assert "All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell." A Nobel Prize was just awarded to a non-American, for work in embryology.
The USA is falling behind on important research as a consequence of our needless indulgence toward fundamentalist religion. We must stop this slide into deliberate ignorance. I'd rather we support our public schools, with every bit of energy and resources we have.