I think we all need to take a step back and actually do some research on vouchers (school choice), tax incentives and the like in education. Seems those places that successfully use school choice also have a very strong central administration, something that is counter to those that advocate in the US for school choice. DeVos among those that need to do some further research. Number 9 overall in education, the Netherlands, uses both religious and public schools to educate their students, but the national government keeps a very close eye on what is going on in the schools. That seems to be the trend in successful school choice - a strong central control. Vouchers are not inherently bad, just the misuse of them for other than educational purposes. A recent article in the Economist has an excellent article on this topic.
Public schools are now run by the unions and political party hacks. take a look around.
They died out because of busing and fossil fuels. Schools are the biggest wasters of moving people to places they have no business going to.
And then they preach environmental stewardship to the students. How hypocritical.
Chuck is correct that public schools run by the parents and community were the most successful of their time. They were also the least successful schools of their time, since all public schools were - and are - run by the parents and the community. It simply depended on the community. And one-room schoolhouses were not abolished. They died out due to attrition.
So true chuckj, I also link the downfall to the rise of the Teachers Union. Timing is strangely coincidental.
There is evidence that public schools run by the parents and community were the most successful of their time. I refer to the one room country schools, sadly abolished decades ago. The IQ tests given draftees for the military in WWII (please note that there is general agreement that IQ tests measure achievement rather than potential) showed as much as a 20 point difference between draftees from the cities and draftees from the farms; those farm kids knew things the city kids didn't. The teachers had little training beyond high school. The parents were often unschooled themselves, even new immigrants. What kept the achievement high was a fixed and measurable curriculum - generally defined by a textbook - and a healthy skepticism of the need for everyone to learn at the same rate of speed. Its virtues remain to be actualized in our urban, overly administered, rigid public schools that, ignoring some exceptions (most of whom - viz. University High School - seem to step outside the box and teach each student rather than each class), are not doing well at all in terms of turning out good citizens who understand our nation.
Hey, good one Mr. 13, sir! Moron, brick, window, arrested. Another brilliant metaphor from the undisputed Champion in the Arena of Ideas.
Tommy can't even get that right. Betsy DeVos is stupid. Spoken like a true compassionate Lefty. This from a moron who couldn't get arrested if you gave him a brick and a police station window to throw it through.
Tom, you don't support values over laws???? And you call yourself a liberal!
Self loathing is destructive. Come up for air.
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