One topic not really discussed in the midst of annual back-to-school worries and concerns is the issue of school vouchers.
The basic principle surrounding them is that private schools can, in many cases, be better and more efficient than public schools and that parents should get to decide how their tax dollars are used and what entities they go to.
Sounds great, right? “Well, too bad,” our politicians practically exclaim. You can not have it. Your children can go to a nice little public school.
Just so everyone knows, free public school education is one of the planks of communism, which I always thought our country was so against. That’s not a fact that was really covered in your public school history textbook, was it? Now, free education in itself seems harmless, but it is the underlying fact that whatever government gets involved in, it inevitably corrupts is what bothers me. And since very few are willing (or able) to pay for private school tuition, there really is not much the average citizen can do to shield their child from the lies, the propaganda, the highly selective morals-pushing, and the incompetence. Bottom-line: Parents should not be forced to pour their hard-earned money into a corrupt system.
Some say that vouchers “endanger the survival of America’s educational system,” but clear, common sense can almost immediately prove otherwise. I mean, think about it. Better yet, think about the Postal Service. As for the now-dead successful DC program? Read this.
Others question the constitutionality of a voucher system (since many private schools are religious), citing the 1st Amendment, which prohibits the federal (not state, FYI) “establishment of religion.” But in 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that a school voucher program does not constitute the establishment of religion.
Arkansas is good about trying to implement reforms. Just not good enough. But I give us a gold star for effort.
All I have left to say is thank goodness for responsible legislators such as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Arkansas’ very own Sen. John Boozman (R), who are all “pro-choice” when it comes to education.
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