Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Dec 9, 2005.
Kathianne, I am the choice specialist for our school district. I have to run to my daughter's brass choir church concert right now, but if you have any questions about it, or particular points you think are worth discussin, I'd be happy to discuss them later (after I've had time to read the whole article).
The problem with schools as they are is that you are forced to pay for the school in your district, whether you use it or not, and cannot have that money refunded to send your child to a better school. Instead, sending your child to any school outside your district involves you paying tuition twice. This leaves the school no incentive to improve beyond the minimum required to stay open, which results in crappy crappy schools. If the parents were given a choice of where their education dollars went, it would give the schools incentive to be the best in the region, rather than the only one it town. It would be like privatizing it. In industry, you produce the best there is for the cost or you go out of business.
In fact, the only people against school choice outside congress are the teachers' unions, because they know their members will actually have to work if there's a chance the students will just go elsewhere.
The problem with a school choice system is that it's still influenced by government. It won't do any good to choose a school if the blizzard of rules, requirements, and regulations is set by government. The best thing to do would be to abolish government-funded education alltogether. The resulting slash in property taxes could allow lots of people to send their kids to school in itself, or even have one parent (gasp) stay home and home school the kids. Or, most of these planned communities you see could offer free schooling to people in the neighborhood as a fringe benefit, like they do with golf and whatnot. Classes would be smaller, the neighborhood community building could be used, and busses wouldn't be necessary. But no, we've got to centralize the most minute details into a state bureaucracy, or better yet federal bureaucracy.
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