Are You In Favor Of Or Against School Vouchers? Why Or Why Not?

By school vouchers I mean vouchers that would make private school verses public school less of a matter of “Can we afford it?” and more a matter of parental and student choice, these would apply to both religious and non-religious private schools, are you for or against it and what are your arguments either way?

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6 Responses to “Are You In Favor Of Or Against School Vouchers? Why Or Why Not?”

  1. Elegua! says:

    Assuming that it’s affordable, yes, I’m for it.
    Yeah, that might seem like I’m giving up on public schools, but it looks like the Forces of Useless are far to entrenched in the US Public school system to do much about it within the next 10 years or so.
    Sure, some people might use it for very radical religious school education, but in my mind, it gives more options to more people. Unless something changes with the current school system, more options are not a bad thing.
    Side-note: That said, allowing vouchers would allow the state & federal government to have a LOT more control over supposedly private schools, so there’s a possible issue there.

  2. Dancing Bear says:

    And knowing this, more and more Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and Jews will also attend “private” schools, and they will in turn find “the other” more and more mysterious and have more reasons to shun them – if not offer outright prejudice towards them.
    I’m not for them, if you hadn’t figured that out….

  3. Mr. Smartypants says:

    We had a school voucher ballot initiative here in California. It was hard fought, very well financed, and I was interested so I read the whole bill. It failed, and they ran almost the exact same measure a few years later and it failed again. I voted against it myself.
    The proponents of the measure said they only wanted to ‘level the playing field’ between state schools and private schools. But the measure had three really GLARING inequalities that would have put public schools at a disadvantage.
    1. Public schools had to hire certificated teachers, and to pay them the going rate. But private schools could hire just -anyone- to teach, and pay them whatever they would take. This was supposed to be to allow Catholic schools to use nuns, and I don’t object to that. But of course it was also a swipe at the teachers’ unions. I believe even union teachers are underpaid for the work they do, if they’re any good.
    2. Private schools could accept the voucher amount plus whatever else they could wring from the parents. Public schools had to teach for just the voucher amount. Meaning that there would be a range of qualities of schools from cheap to expensive, with public schools stuck at the bottom. Private schools that are already doing well now would simply add the voucher amount to their tuition! Kids would get only as good an education as their parents could afford. I don’t like that idea at all. I think the whole idea of public education is that kids can get a good education regardless of their parents’ financial status.
    3. Private schools get to pick and choose among applicants. But public schools have to take anyone who applies. So private schools could pick the students with the best academic records, so they can then brag that their students are smarter, learning faster, etc. Kids with bad grades, or behavioral problems are stuck in crumbling, de-funded public schools. In other words, ‘School Choice’ means the SCHOOL gets the choice.
    Taken all together this looks like a system whereby the kids of the affluent get a better education than the kids of the poor or even working class. It undermines the whole idea of public education, especially as a driver of ‘social mobility’, something we’ve prided ourselves on for literally centuries. It’s almost like the well-to-do don’t -want- poor kids getting a good education, so their own kids won’t have to compete with the riff-raff for the few good jobs that will be available when they graduate.
    Anyway that kind of got me interested in the voucher school idea (though I don’t have kids, so it’s not a personal matter). So I began tuning in to some of the other discussions of the idea on the Internet and the media, and I found that just about all voucher ides are similar. The whole idea of vouchers is that the more money you can spend, the better an education your kid gets.

  4. romans 8:1 says:

    I’m in favor of getting government out of schools, and parents into schools on the local level.

  5. Whoovian says:

    Favor the first argument for them is cost effectiveness if the tax payers spend lets say $20 K per year to educate children under the current system- giving parents a $20K voucher will cost the same amount of money however even if two schools have the exact same curriculium and very simular teaching styles and tools does not mean they will be giving the parents the same value for the $20K.
    For example school A may have smaller class sizes and better teachers as $16 K goes directly into the class room – to higher and pay teachers while another school may be poorly ran and spend $14 K on administration.
    As for religious schools- I am a supporter there as well as it eliminates a whole host of issues.
    Also some religious schools are famous for their quality of education.
    The issues it eliminates are prayer in school, diet issues, and even issues like sex education and intelligent design. As parents will be able to send children to a school that reflects their values.
    Elgua did bring up my only fear over the issue- however that would be an argument against public education in general in my view.

  6. Lawrence United Year of Faith says:

    If it is done correctly, then yes, they would be wonderful.
    Centrally planned economies, like our public school system, are horribly inefficient and lack innovation.

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