Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Every once in awhile I read something over at ThinkProgress that really makes me think about my own beliefs.  Most of the time, however, they produce content like this:

As ThinkProgress has documented, a tightly-knit group of right-wing Political Action Committees (PACs) and corporate foundations have unleashed an assault on public education, pushing school voucher schemes nationwide that would funnell taxpayer dollars away from public schools and toward private schools instead. In doing so, many of these voucher advocates claim they simply want to expand school choice and improve the quality of education for all.

It’s refreshing to see a vouchers promoter who is honest about her real intent — to destroy public education,” responded Julia Rubin, a spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, a New Jersey organization that is opposing the voucher push in the state. “Fortunately, most New Jersey residents understand how devastating vouchers would be for our excellent public schools.” (HT: @DianeRavitch)

How dare those people who advocate legitimate school choice advocate on behalf of…school choice!

Letting public schools truly compete with private schools (not just for school vouchers) is not an outrageous proposition worthy of fear-mongering.  While the post certainly is a factual account of the voucher advocates’ intent, the post is designed in the vein of Joseph McCarthy’s accusations against Communists, not based upon civil discussion of the merits and weaknesses of voucher programs.