Vouching for Vouchers

With a petition in her hands she went through the crowd at a state fair looking for signers. The petition was to sign a ban on  dihydroxymonoxide. Which, she said, was in our lakes and streams and now it was in our sweat and tears. She collected hundreds of signatures in favor of banning dihydroxymonoxide. But there was one problem: dihydroxymonoxide is just a fancy word for water.

Thomas Sowell with National Review explains:

This little episode revealed how conditioned we have become, responding like Pavlov’s dog when we hear a certain sound — in this case, the sound of some politically correct crusade.

People are all born ignorant but they are not born stupid. Much of the stupidity we see today is induced by our educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities. In a high-tech age that has seen the creation of artificial intelligence by computers, we are also seeing the creation of artificial stupidity by people who call themselves educators.” National Review March 10, 2010

A 2004 report by The Heritage Foundation said that taxpayers spent 108 billion dollars on federal education in 2002. But 43% of that went to the Department of Education (DOE). And said that, “the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Labor, Defense, and Interior also spent large amounts of money.”

The same report said that out of the 70% of the public school students who graduate on time, less than half of those students are eligible for four-year colleges or universities.

Perhaps Thomas Sowell pointed out the root problem when he said, “It was once the proud declaration of many educators that ‘We are here to teach you how to think, not what to think.’ But far too many of our teachers and professors today are teaching their students what to think — about everything from global warming to the new trinity of ‘race, class, and gender.'”

Clearly our current schooling is not sufficient. And throwing money at the problem will not help it any. What is the answer to our problems? School vouchers. (A school voucher allows any citizen to enrol their children in any school they see fit, as opposed to now, where you are bound to go to the school that is in your district.) Freedom of choice is the real way to solve the problems of our schools. Competition is the way to solve our problem. Because then the consumers decide who are the winners and losers in the schools. Parents will be looking at the better schools for a better education for their children. Thus, either the schools that are failing will have to solve their problems to bring in more students, (in turn, cash) or those schools will fail. Which will refine our schooling across the nation.

Vouchers have already been implemented in some states and has been successful. For example, according to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, school vouchers has improved schooling in low-performing schools in Florida.

Chuck Colson wrote about the School Vouchers in Washington D.C., says:

It’s not that the voucher program didn’t work. A federal study showed that the mostly black and Hispanic participants were making great academic gains, narrowing the achievement gap. And more than 70 percent of Washingtonians supported the program.

So why did Congress cut it out? The National Education Association wanted them to do so.” Chuck Colson February 5, 2010

And why would the national Education Association (NEA) want to cut an effective, free choice, system of schooling? The logical conclusion would say that this is because under the Voucher program public schools weren’t being used as much. Thus, cutting the NEA’s salary. The problem is, this is the whole idea of the Voucher system. If the public schools were underperforming, they need to shape up and provide some quality education.

Free choice, competition, and free people are the answer to our educational problems. Not forcing mediocre education down the throats of citizens.

-Ben

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