5 thoughts on “Education Savings Accounts: Proponents Claim Educational Choice Beats Mere School Choice

  1. I can’t begin to describe all the ways I can think of that make educational savings accounts–and indeed all voucher schemes and the like–pernicious in the extreme. What’s at stake, it seems to me, is not only the ultimate survival of public schools, but (before we get THAT far) whether public funds for education can be preserved for their proper use, which of course is the support of public schools. And ” public” here means–must mean–the total citizenry, their stake in “the common weal.” Not only children currently of school age and their parents or other legal guardians, but all the rest of us whose taxes pay for public schools and related expenses. Public schools were intended to be, and should always remain, the property of all of us citizens. Those of us who now have no children of school-going age own those schools every bit as much as the parents of such children do. This isn’t merely an abstract principle; it stems from the fact that it is all of us (not only students and their parents!) who benefit enormously from superior schools and suffer grievously from poor schools. To think otherwise is to think narrowly and selfishly. It can’t be overemphasized how much ALL OF US are implicated in this ownership of our public schools. It is not only those who eventually employ these students and depend upon their productivity who benefit from good public education and therefore have a responsibility for their quality; we ALL benefit; we are ALL responsible. That’s axiomatic, isn’t it? This is not to minimize the stake and obligation that parents have regarding the education of their children; it is simply to state the obvious: that an educated citizenry is essential to a healthy society. That obvious principle leaves open lots of important questions concerning the means and ends of public education. These must be the constant concern of all of us; they demand our most earnest and serious thought and participation. There are a number of “models” offered as a basis for settling such questions–for example, those that regard parents as “customers” or “consumers” and tend to equate the most determining considerations with “market forces.” These familiar lines of argument deserve more than glib repetition and casual acquiescence; they must be thoroughly interrogated and carefully thought through.
    And so on . . . In all the grief and hullabaloo that currently besets us today, the struggle over public education may be the most consequential issue of all.

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