About: the threefold social order and educational freedom
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Mr. Obama says he opposes such vouchers, because "although it might benefit some kids at the top, what you're going to do is leave a lot of kids at the bottom." The example of his own children refutes that: The current system offers plenty of choice to kids "at the top" while abandoning those at the bottom.
- d.c. scholarship
- parochial schools
- private schools
Recent studies are showing that vouchers are working. Families are more satisfied with their children’s education with school choice, students are safer, test scores are going up, and even public schools are getting better thanks to the competition.
But the DC public school system isn’t doing as well. D.C. spends some $14,000 annually on each child in its public schools, one of the highest per-pupil costs in the nation, yet DC ranks 51st -- dead last -- in test scores among the 50 states, and only slightly more than half of students graduate. The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program provides parents and students a better option than this failing school system.
The arguments against it seem to be (1) that those of us who do not wish to subsidize someone else's church will continue to be forced to do so through our federal tax dollars. But this argument is pretty easily refuted because the program allows the parents to choose whatever school they want - whether sectarian or secular. And (2) Sen. Kennedy's objection that the program "takes funds from very needy public schools to send students to unaccountable private schools". But that objection assumes that schools should be run by the state (and for the state's objectives). Well i am with RS on this one; but that will be a hard sell to our current institutions. Perhaps what is needed is for a scientific study that persuasively proves that private schools can do a better job.
We will need to track this item and see if it makes its way into law or not. I'm betting that along the way it will be traded away for some factions vote to actually get the budget passed.
educate 1447, from L. educatus, pp. of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out," from ex- "out" + ducere "to lead" (see duke). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1588 in Shakespeare.
Not everyone will agree with what is being taught no matter who chooses the curriculum. The best is for parents to choose the curriculum.
Perhaps or not; making education independent from the state & the economic domains of life into the freedom of the spiritual (being) domain is so great a task that I am doubtful that anything short of massive failure of the current system will force people to transform education per se. Vouchers is just a small defensive skirmish in a long battle of a giant war for those who care about their children's education in the context of the system we live with today. Children today are the tomorrow's future country.
Another contentious provision targets the District's school voucher program, a Republican favorite that provides 1,700 low-income students with the equivalent of a $7,500 grant to attend a private school. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) sought unsuccessfully to strike language from the bill that would require its reauthorization after the 2009-2010 school year, a move he said would leave current recipients in limbo.
"We're talking about real children here," Ensign said on the Senate floor before his amendment was defeated yesterday, pointing to a poster-size photo of two voucher beneficiaries at Sidwell Friends School, where Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, are students.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) defended the reauthorization requirement as a routine review to determine whether the voucher approach works. "Congress will take a look at the program and decide if the money is well spent," he said.
Venessa Mills was in the fourth year of home schooling her children who are 10, 11 and 12 years old. They have tested two years above their grade levels, she said.
"We have math, reading; we have grammar, science, music,” Venessa Mills said.
Why did Congress nix the program, especially when recent studies showed that students receiving vouchers since the program's inception were academically 18.9 months ahead of their peers? (I read the other day that 100 percent of Thurgood Marshall Academy's charter graduates are accepted to colleges.) And why would Congress phase out a program that costs $7,500 per student annually, compared with the $15,000 it costs in Washington's public schools to educate a child?
So its cancellation is not a result of costing too much, because it's half the price of public schooling. And it's not because of inferior quality, because the kids enrolled in the program were scoring higher than students in regular schools. There's only one reason Congress canceled it, and it comes down to this: federal control and educational indoctrination.
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