When I use the word “vouchers” in the headline, I’m sure everyone knows I am talking about school vouchers. Because what other vouchers have ever been discussed much in the last two decades?
I should point out that, because education is local, and there are some localities where Republicans have a strong majority control; surely Republicans could have instituted vouchers somewhere if they had really wanted to?
Because Republicans deny HBD nearly as much as Democrats, any voucher system created anywhere will not solve the real problems of education because politicians deny what the real problems are.
Those who try to measure the “success” of the voucher program will try to determine if test scores have improved for poor, minority and “disadvantaged” kids, and I guarantee you that scores on the highly g-loaded reading and math tests will not improve. If anything, the public schools, with their emphasis on endless drilling for the tests, have maxed out any possible score increases for these kids, and higher quality instruction would probably result in lower scores.
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Now, before I write any more, I want to state that I believe that most public schools suck, and that most non-religious private schools provide better education for the students. I wish there were some way that deserving middle class kids could have the opportunity to attend a superior non-religious private school.
But let’s get back to vouchers.
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Liberals see public education as a valuable tool in the fight against the spread of prole sects of Christianity. If vouchers allowed parents to take their kids out of public schools, the parents who would care most about this are fundamentalist Christian parents who would send their children to a school where they teach that God created man and other such nonsense. The liberals have a valid point here.
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Republicans worship at the altar of free enterprise, and believe that anything run by a private organization is going to be superior and more efficient to anything run by the government. But I think the reality is that public education isn't that expensive. At all decent private schools, tuition tends to be three times the per-pupil cost of public education in the same geographic area. And those private schools also have fund raising drives on top of that, so they spend more like four times as much per student, and they don’t even have to deal with “special needs” students.
As I previously pointed out, at the Brearley School, the black woman they hired to head the place made $486,749 per year. No wonder why the tuition is so high.
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The simplest thing we could do to vastly improve the quality of public education is to separate the intelligent children from the less intelligent children. But liberals are adamantly opposed to this because they say it’s racist. I also don’t see Republicans championing the idea. I guess it doesn’t do anything to support their ideas about free enterprise and it doesn’t make Christian schools more powerful.