Monday, September 27, 2010

School Choice Fail

One of the constant narratives from the right is that "liberals" want to stop "school choice" reform because they want to keep students dumb (and voting "liberal") AND because making schools better somehow hurts teacher's unions.

Because, you know, no one who belongs to a union wants to work in an effective environment. < / rolled eyes >

But I digress. One of the selling points for "school choice" is that schools will be forced to "compete" for the best students. Right. That doesn't sound like a system that can be gamed, at all.

Here is your example of this "competition" in practice. Please note that this is also one of the biggest complaints about "school choice" from folks on the left - fear that non-white students will face discrimination in both intentional and unintentional ways. You can try to gloss over this nation's ugly history with public school and race all you want, and you can act like all those generations that came before haven't left us a legacy to deal with these days, but don't dismiss the seriousness that the same things might still be going on.

Not only that, but the fact that parents who complain about their childrens' treatment at the hands of the choice-based schools run the risk of creating more problems for their children. If your "choice" is your kid going to the "good" school, or making waves and risking your kid having to go to the "bad" school, you're going to keep your mouth shut and your head down.

Hell of a system, that. Especially with our Texas dominated textbook industry moving back to pre-Darwinian science and Inquisition-worthy surveys of religious history.

More on this from Leigh.

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