Is There A Way To Avoid Letting The School Voucher Program Become A Way To Stratify Education?

Or does “get kids out of failing schools” mean “get ‘good’ kids away from the same classes as ‘bad’?”

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6 Responses to “Is There A Way To Avoid Letting The School Voucher Program Become A Way To Stratify Education?”

  1. Pollythe says:

    Yes, it means exactly that. Students who care about education should get to go to better schools. The ones that don’t care can stay.

  2. Mike Clarkson says:

    What you’re arguing for is a the continuation of our educational caste system. People need to be exposed to different environments that contrast to what they perceive as ”the norm” at a very young age. Yes, the voucher program will thankfully allow many smart kids to compete with others in non-failing schools. Ideally, it should also take students in relatively safe environments (the suburbs, for example) out of successful schools and put them in inner city schools as well.
    For too long we’ve argued that cramming a bunch of kids in one finite school system, in one finite environment was a good idea. It isn’t. All students of all social classes need to be exposed to different and diverse environments in order to become well rounded adults. The voucher system allows states to encourage this process, and hopefully promote it among students and parents.

  3. TicToc.. says:

    This is typical of moon bats who don’t want the hoi polloi to mix it up with their kids.

  4. ms manners says:

    You think letting poor kids go to better schools is “stratifying education”?
    I would say that leaving them to rot in lousy inner city schools is “stratifying” them,

  5. Mr. Smartypants says:

    I guess it would depend on how it’s done. So far all the plans I’ve seen seem to have the object of stratifying education, setting up a system whereby kids get as good an education as their parents can afford, while the problem kids and poor kids are stuck in defunded, crumbling public schools.
    We had a ballot initiative for school vouchers here in California. It failed, and they ran it again in a few years and it failed again. The proponents said they only wanted to put private and public schools on a ‘level playing field’ but the field was seriously tilted toward private schools in three ways.
    1. Public schools had to subsist on the voucher alone, but private schools could charge the voucher amount plus whatever else they could get from the parents. Meaning there would probably be very few private schools who charged only the voucher amount. Schools would be graduated in expense, and public schools would be the worst.
    2. Public schools had to hire certificated teachers but private schools could hire anyone they wanted regardless of qualifications. Clearly this was just out of anger for the teacher’s union.
    3. This was the most important (I thought). Private schools could pick and choose among applicants. They could pick only high-achievers, and then brag that their students did better than other schools, and take credit for that. Public schools had to take all applicants. In other words, ‘School Choice’ meant that the SCHOOL had the choice. 8^)
    Now tell me the idea was not purposefully to create a stratified educational system!
    The bottom line is that conservatives HATE public schools–or public -anything-. The well-to-do don’t want their kids to have to compete with the riff-raff for the few good jobs that will be available when they graduate!

  6. picador says:

    EVERYTHING in our world is stratified. Where we live, what we drive, which seats we have at a ball park, where we buy our food, what we wear. The American dream is to move up the ladder by virtue of what we can accomplish regardless of where we came from. The Soviet union was not stratified, but it was two-tiered. The dull gray masses and the dacha-owning commissars – just as it was in the time of the Tzars.

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