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Letter: What does ‘school choice’ really mean?

Posted: January 25, 2018 3:10 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.

For decades “school choice” has been the education policy mantra of the conservatives. Now we have a market for school choice and it appears even some former foes are embracing and perhaps co-opting the term. This causes one to question the continued reverence of “school choice” as the panacea to mend education.

The term “school choice,” when thoughtfully considered, is inadequate to describe the proper emphasis of authority necessary to right the education ship. Parents are a child’s first teacher and they should have absolute say in what and how their children learn. We must restore parental authority over children’s education and we begin by redefining the solution from school choice to parental choice. Additionally, parental choice means curriculum choice where classical, technology-free, and other non-Common Core curricula are available.

Parental choice options such as charter schools, vouchers, education savings accounts and tax credits are a step in the right direction away from government-controlled education, if structured properly. However, outside of tax credits, government remains in control through mandatory testing, which undermines the viability of these options.


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