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's about time that a national politician made an issue of public K-12 education. Only somebody with the audacity of Trump would do it. In some ways promotion of school choice seems most relevant (and appealing) to inner-city blacks but there is no reason it should not be appealing to others.
While elite private schools can be prohibitively expensive, most charter schools cost less to run than government education. Prosperous people (like Clintons and Trumps) have school choice for their families. Nobody else does. What matters is choice. Probably most public ed in the US does a fine job but, fine or not so fine, why not give parents a choice?
Everyone with eyes knows that the urban public school system in America is a travesty. Over decades the Left took a basically good system that churned out good citizens, entrepreneurs, and employees, and transformed it into a jobs program for adults, especially Democratic Party supporters and labor bosses. It amounts to a gigantic partisan slush fund that everyone who pays taxes in America is forced to support. And no matter how much money gets spent, things never seem to improve...
We were looking at the local private school when son was getting ready to enter elementary.
31% for the state. State doesn't rate all that high.
I joked 'We could teach him to say "Would you like fries with that?" and save 12 years of schooling.
We moved, and put him in a private school. 8 years of that, and he was way ahead when he got into a public school in 9th. Ended up taking advanced courses, AP Calculus and Government. Turns out he also tested well enough in enough subjects to get out of taking his second Freshman semester.
That's a hell of a lot better than 'Would you like fries with that?"
Please stop perpetuating this mixed up falsehood:
"most charter schools cost less to run than government education".
Yes, a charter school versus a traditional public school cost less. However - and this is the important point - charter schools ARE government schools and YOU the taxpayer are footing the bill. Plus, they are legally mandated to follow all public school regulations which means they are following the Common Core Curriculum and any other crazy mandate that comes down the pike.
Vouchers - that is the solution. Otherwise, make everyone pay for their own kid's education - quality would turn around in less than one generation.
Vouchers- choice- my high school puts students of all levels mixed in all classes except math. Having to teach to classes of 35 to 40 students, many who are remedial, leaves the higher achieving, higher thinking students unmotivated, unchallenged, uneducated. Yeah, we fail.