Actually, I fail to see why taxpayers should foot the bill for failing schools as well as help pay for vouchers for those students in failing schools. That just boggles the mind. Why not fix the schools?
My point is many Americans who are supporting and calling for vouchers think it means all you have to do is say you want your child to go to private school and voila!! you have it. Just don't think it will work that way. Now if when the President is calling for vouchers, he states this will not be for the average taxpaying American - this will be another program to help only the minority or low income families - do you think so many would be in favor. They are being misled and that bothers me.
It isn't a start - it is a big leap down the same old path.
We've been talking about doing that for how many decades now? We've been poring money on the public school system, trying all kinds of different things. If I recall correctly, about $10,000 a year is spent to "educate" a child in the D.C. school system.
This has all done no good. It has all been so much bullshit and waste. Thousands upon thousands of lives have been ruined.
I think the public schools can compete -- if they are made to. That is the one thing that has not yet been tried. Not in any serious way.
Vouchers would do that. That is why the NEA is so opposed to them. They would have to get off their butts and go to work. Like the rest of us.
If you had a kid in the public schools in D.C., you wouldn't want to wait another twenty years for the problem to get "worked out" by a bunch of bureaucrats who are mainly concerned with their health benefits and their vacation time.
You'd want it done tomorrow morning. Tuesday morning at the latest.
Maybe not--but maybe they just aren't all selfish bastards, but know that vouchers create competition which would put pressure on the schools to perform.