School Choice Week is one of the greatest scams in American history.
It is a well-funded, thoroughly organized attempt to trick parents into signing away their right to make educational choices about their children.
It goes like this:
Salesman: Would you like a choice?
Salesman: Then just agree to never have another choice again.
That’s it in a nutshell.
When you decide to send your child to a so-called choice school – a charter or voucher institution – you lose almost every other choice about what happens at your child’s school.
Let me count the decisions you lose by signing on the dotted line.
When you send your child to a school paid for with public money but run by a private organization, you lose:
–AN ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD, so you have no say about what the school does.
–OPEN DOCUMENTS, so you have no right to see budgets, spending agreements, bids, contracts, etc.
–OPEN MEETINGS, so you have no public place to speak up to the people who run your school.
–RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNMENT, so you have no right to run for a leadership position on the school board. Instead you’re at the mercy of appointed flunkies.
–THE RIGHT OF ENROLLMENT, so school operators get to choose whether your child gets to attend, unlike public schools which have to accept your child no matter what – so long as you live in the district.
–QUALITY SERVICES, so school operators can cut services for your child and pocket the savings as profit or use it to advertise to get more paying butts in seats.
–QUALITY TEACHERS, because most charter and voucher schools aren’t required to hire educators with 4-year degrees, and since they don’t pay as well as public schools and often refuse to let their teachers unionize, they attract less experienced and distinguished educators.
–DIVERSE CLASSMATES, because charter and voucher schools increase segregation. Your children will be educated with more kids that look just like them. That’s healthy!
And that’s merely at MOST privatized schools. But that’s not all. At some privatized schools you can lose even more! You may also lose:
–COMMON SENSE DISCIPLINE POLICIES, so your children will be held to a zero tolerance discipline policy where they may have to sit quietly, eyes forward, marching in line or else face aggressive public reprimands and harsh punishments.
–AN UNBIASED SECULAR EDUCATION, so your children will be taught religion and politics as if they were fact – all funded by public tax dollars! Hear that sound? That’s our Founders crying.
–FREE TIME, so you’ll be required to volunteer at the school regardless of your ability to do so. Gotta’ work? Tough!
–MONEY, so you’ll have to pay tuition, buy expensive uniforms, school supplies or other amenities.
And if your children are struggling academically, you may also lose:
–ENROLLMENT, so your child is given the boot back to the public school because he or she is having difficulty learning, and thus costs too much to educate.
You lose all that if you decide to enroll your child in a charter or voucher school!
But that’s not all!
If you DON’T decide to send your child to a so-called choice school, you can still lose choice!
Why? Because of the rubes who were fooled into give up their choice. When they did that, they took some of your choices, too.
Because of them, you still lose:
-NECESSARY FUNDING, because your public school has to make up the money it lost to charter and voucher schools somewhere, and that means fewer resources and services for your child.
-LOWER CLASS SIZES, because your public school has to fire teachers and increase class size to make up for lost revenue.
-FAIR ASSESSMENTS, because the state and federal government require your child to take unfair high stakes tests to “prove” your public school is failing and thus justify replacing it with a charter or voucher school – as if those have ever been proven to be better, but whatever! CA-CHING! CA-CHING!
This is what you get from School Choice Week.
It’s a uniquely American experience – selling the loss of choice — as choice.
And all the while they try to convince you that public schools are the ones that take away your alternatives.
Yet public schools are where you get all those things you lose at privatized schools.
You get elected school boards, open documents, open meetings, the right to self-government, the right of enrollment, quality services, quality teachers, diverse classmates, common sense discipline policies, an unbiased secular education, free time and money! That’s right! You actually get all that and more money in your pocket!
I’m not saying public schools are perfect. There are many ways they need to improve, but it’s difficult to do so when many of the people tasked with improving these schools are more concerned with sabotaging them to make room for privatized systems.
These are paid employees of the charter and voucher school movement who want to kill public schools – BUT THE KILLER IS ALREADY IN THE HOUSE!
Imagine if we dedicated ourselves to making our public school system better!
So, yeah, School Choice Week is a scam.
But, hey, enjoy those yellow scarfs.