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A Case for School Choice

 

There is growing conflict over the nation's education policy. Indeed, this conflict remains one of the few areas of divergence between our converging two-party structure. Yet, as is so often the case with pressing concerns in American politics, any real proposals have been drowned under the Washington bureaucracy. Unfortunately, the nation can no longer ignore the ever-expanding education crisis plaguing the country, and Washington must consider school choice as a remedy for the ailing public school system.

 

The author of this article feels confident in asserting that the public school system in this nation is failing miserably in its attempt to prepare youth for competition in the twenty-first century. Half of the nation does not feel that a high school diploma is a guarantee of the recipient's basic skills in reading and math. In fact, the nation seemed to express little shock this fall when children in both New York and Washington returned to school - only without classrooms Recent studies of student achievement worldwide only accentuate the deplorable condition of the American education system and the need for some remedy.

 

School choice, though appearing on the political stage in a variety of manifestations, has essentially one major component. School choice proposals would provide federal and state grants to low- and middle-income families, allowing these families to send their children to a private or parochial school of their choice. In most programs, the private or parochial schools would, in turn, receive a tuition stipend from the state which is subsequently subtracted from the public school system's total budget.

 

While popular support for such vou...


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... teachers and teachers' unions a sense of accountability noticeably absent at present.

 

For all the rhetoric both parties directed toward children over the past year, it is time they both do more than lament the state of American public schools. Their penchant for delay does nothing but allow more children to mindlessly wander through the school system, only to be mercilessly crushed after graduation by better educated students from across the globe.

 

School choice is not a market-cures-all proposal. School choice is a program with more promise than any others on the national forefront - it returns responsibility to the school system and devolves power to the parental hands in which it belongs. Washington has played mommy and daddy too long, and has had no success in the role of paterfamilias. Will the real parents please step forward?

 


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