Public education has gotten a very bad reputation over the years primarily because of its constant politicization.
Too many people have a political agenda regarding public education. We know that public education is a critical government service because an educated public is knowledgeable and aware of the state of the world.
A public education provides not just an academic experience, but also exposure to different people from different life experiences, cultures, nationalities and races. The mixing helps people overcome bias and mystery.
Public education is a great equalizer of many of the ills of society.
The argument for vouchers for school choice when we already have it is not reasonable.
No one has to attend their neighborhood or regional school, they can choose to attend any private or charter school. That is if they have the money. Is that not the American capitalist way? Those who have, get the choice, and those who do not, make do. Or you work extra hard to get there.
When my children attended Catholic school eons ago, choice emerged to help Catholic schools survive. It was pushed down from the top. Warned that their school would disappear, they pushed the choice argument.
So now the argument is starve public education out of existence, allow private and charter schools to rule. In this scenario, politics wins.
Personal agendas win and we lose.
Stephen M LoRusso
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