School Choice Now! is the official blog of the American Federation for Children, the nation's voice for educational choice. We seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
No, School Choice will not kill public education
School choice opponents like to argue that vouchers will hurt public schools, segregate students, and worse: destroy public education.
These talking heads like to resort to using fear to defend a system—one that
for millions of children provides a great education, but is very simply not the best fit for hundreds of thousands of others.
But what many
opponents to education reform forget is that education is not about a certain
system, government bureaucracy, or politics.
Education reform is about providing an education for every child in
America, because having access to a quality K-12 education is a right, not a privilege. As a nation, we believe in the equality of
opportunity—the opportunity for any person to achieve their dreams. We don’t believe in systems, we believe in
fulfills that need for lots of families; but others are left behind and don’t
receive the quality education that can transform a life. So it our duty to ensure that children have
Ravitch commented that if education becomes a
consumer choice, that community members will not want to pay for other’s
education. She writes:
It is our responsibility as citizens to supporta high-quality public education, even
if we don’t have children in the public schools.
But once the concept ofprivate choicebecomes dominant,
then the sense of communal responsibility is dissolved. Each of us is then
given permission to think of what is best for me, not what is best for we.
The school choice
movement is both about society providing a high-quality education for all
children and allowing students to access the education that works for that
student. Allowing choice will not
diminish our civic sense of providing education. Individual choice and real educational
options are both strong civic duties.
- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG