We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is a good idea in principle even if the school results are no different. Parents choosing where they send their children to school in and of itself, leads to more involvement by parents and students both.
Assistant Village Idiot
Barrister, my friend ... If we just had vouchers available to all children and their parents to choose their primary and secondary schools, public schools would rapidly turn into a vast wasteland of empty seats. Parents would prefer to have their kids educated, rather than harangued.
+2 Marianne. Having experienced briefly the joys and adventures in excellence (NOT!) that encompasses the Houston Independent School District, I enrolled my boys in a private school. My wife worked at the school also in exchange for a large reduction in the tuition. I had been warned what a disaster HISD was, but I guess I had to experience it myself, to the detriment of my oldest boy. (he was enrolled in HISD for most of his kindergarten year).
My oldest grandchild is attending an excellent daycare where they actually TRY and teach the preschoolers numbers and letters and shapes and colors and gasp READING. At four years old he already can read some simple children's books. I contrast this with HISD, where they, by law MUST teach to the lowest common denominator, prevented BY LAW from screening and separating the children who DESPERATELY NEED remedial help from those who, by preschool/day care already have mastered the basics. The educated elite call this "mainstreaming".... as in, to be fair to all and treat all equally, we must make sure that all are taught the same mush.
So, when I transferred him from the school district mid year into HISD, the kindergarten class was all about this is a circle, this is a square, this is the letter A, oh, look, this is the color red..... Skills he had already mastered. Needless to say he was bored out of his skull.
And don't get me started on the "special needs" students who BY LAW MUST BE MAINSTREAMED into the general student population. If you are a special needs parent, I sympathize, but your student's disruptive behavior would be better served by attending classes suited to their requirements and not thrown into the chaos that constitutes a modern classroom.