Teachers, Parents Face Off in Indiana. Guess Who Wins?
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  • Amen and Hallelujah.

    That is real hope and change!

  • a nissen

    “Once upon a time, vouchers were “radical”; now their opponents are reactionary.”

    Most probably correct, but only time will tell who was “right” or, more to the point, which alternative approaches held the most promise. Too bad, we place so small a value on human lives that mass experiment under fire-fad is so often the order of the day. It’s not as though adequate advance information is unavailable.

  • School vouchers, by their nature, will encourage a growth of religious sectarianism. I use to oppose them for that very reason. But now, so disunited has our multicultural society become, I think that might be a feature instead of a bug. Local communities need shared values to hold them together.

  • Jim.

    @Luke Lea:

    Glad you’ve come over to the side of good. 🙂

    Honestly, though, as someone who has attended churches with schools, I can attest to the fact that many parents just have their kids in the school and resist any offers to join the associated church.

    The only religious affiliation that will be affected is Secularism, which would lose its near-monopoly on the education of our kids, which is all to the good.

  • Too bad, we place so small a value on human lives that mass experiment under fire-fad is so often the order of the day. It’s not as though adequate advance information is unavailable.

    This requires detailed unpacking.

    1. Today’s district schools “experiment” on children much more than any other school model. New Math, UofC math, self-esteem, Whole Language, “progressive” education, etc., are ALL experiments, and most of them are proven, yet persistent failures.

    2. The “district model” is well-established, and has proven to be both a financial AND an academic failure relative to costs and outcomes.

    3. There is plenty of “adequate” information on vouchers and charters. They work. Are they perfect? No. Are they always better than the local school? No. Do they offer more opportunity for specialization and improvement? Yes. Do voucher and charter student have higher HS graduation rates? Yes.
    Does choice offer the ability save money and defund large bureaucracies of useless employees? Yes.

    District schools are the “fire-fad” turned political behemoth. It is time to challenge them by forcing disgorgement of funds for other choices.

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