Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
It's only a problem when people who want to read, but education failed them, graduate. At that point, the school needs serious reform.
Try school vouchers. All benefit from choice, the responsible poor more so than the rich and the middle class.
They also don't have a choice in where they live...it's either a trailer or no home. They don't have a choice on food...it's either unhealthy food or no food.The poor have no choice. It's poor public schools or no school.
The problem isn't the educational system, but rather the income status. So instead of trying to change a symptom, change the cause.
Which is their choice. They do not have to.The rich are paying double for their child's education.
How would that change? If there are three public schools in a city and one private school, how would having the option to attend X school or Y school change the fact they are receiving services from the same school district? And if they all choose to attend the private school, how is the private school going to be able to support all those students (books, technology, classrooms, teachers, etc.), when they do not receive financial support from the government?The middle class is faced with public school or the same double situation at a severe dent in the family budget.
The people who keep advocating this never bother to think this through. How would school vouchers help? Let's say I'm a troublemaking student from a poor family. Do you think I'm going to willingly go to a "bad" school? School vouchers would not change a single thing about the educational system, except enhance the shift towards educating those with money and leaving behind those without it.Try school vouchers. All benefit from choice
Schools don't CHOOSE to be bad. Most schools will do the best with what they have. Some schools have much better financial resources than others. Some schools exist in better neighborhoods than others. Some schools have a student population which place a lower value on education than others. These factors determine quality of education. The idea that "competition" will improve schools is false, as long as school attendance is compulsory. All you would be doing is adding to the problems.
What is stopping the middle class from exercising their desire to get the best education for their child is funds. These same middle class will research ballet schools to determine those with the best program and that is where the kids go. In education the middle class have no choice. At $10,000/child, combined with need to still pay their taxes, that straps the family budget.
The states and local districts have totally failed, so I'm for trying something else.