Third Annual School Choice Week
This week starts the Third Annual National School Choice Week with more than 3,600 events taking place across the country. Parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others will come together to promote educational choice. Here in Michigan over 50 events will be hosted from across the state.
Students still emerge from high school ready neither for college nor for work despite the Department of Education, significant increases in educational spending, standardized testing, the National Education Association and other teacher-focused unions, and now the concept of Common Core standards. If we were to actually look at designing an educational system from scratch, very few would argue for the current system of bureaucratic red-tape and top-down control from thousands of miles away.
The lack of educational choice and the bureaucratic protection of a broken monopoly hurts children and stifles their ability to pursue their own happiness.
Poor families are most affected by this lack of choice. As Friedman noted, “There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.” It is a sad statement quantified by data on low levels of academic achievement and attainment. (Source: http://goo.gl/4tcvT)
Children from across the country deserve more from their government — more freedom and choices.
Click here to read more about School Choice from our sister organization Americans For Prosperity Foundation.
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