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School Choice Now!

 
    This is America the Free, the leader of the free world. I have choice in many aspects of my life. For one of the most important concerns I have - the education of my children - my choices are limited. The government's rigid control over public education choice has got to stop. While it is true I can send my child to a private school, I must incur costs above and beyond what I already provide to society for public education through taxes. I can afford this; many people cannot. Those people have no choice.

 

Is choice desirable? Yes. As expressed by the Constitution of the United States, our capitalistic society certainly believes so. Teachers believe so. Teachers in public schools in large cities are two to three times more likely to put their children in private schools (Barrett, 1995).

 

Why does America continue to abide such a mockery of freedom? I fear certain factions in the government and some private interest groups still believe that public education is a tool that can be used to manipulate the individual's loyalties and beliefs for the "good of the state." If this is true, then it is possible hidden factions continue to keep choice from happening. Charles L. Glenn (see School Choice Emerging in Eastern Europe) expressed this same concern in his 1989 U.S. Department of Education commissioned report. Some believe the report was never published by the U.S. Department of Education because these sentiments represented a threat to certain powers.

 

I believe that true school reform can only quickly occur from outside the system. Our current public education system is far too complex and self-sustaining to allow the types of sweeping reforms I'd like to see occur in a reason...


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...the San Antonio Children's Education Opportunity Foundation - a program that gives parents choice of schools - a study showed a 10% increase in reading and math scores. Vermont has had an educational choice system for students from towns that do not maintain their own public schools since 1869 (McClaughry, 1995)! If there was an inherent, major problem with this system, surely it would have surfaced by now.

 

 

Works Cited

Barrett, M. (1995). Choice opportunities: Private Scholarship programs. [Online]

Available HTTP: edreform.com/pubs/choice3.htm [1996, March 14].

McClaughry, J. (1995). Educational choice: It really works in Vermont. [Online]

Available HTTP: www.heartland.org/worksVT.htm [1996, March 14].

School choice emerging in eastern europe. [Online]

Available HTTP: www.cato.org/main/pr-so-ce.html [1996, March 14].

 

 


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