1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
I want to incentivize people who will put those resources to actual use, not people who will ditch school and hang out outside 7-11. I don't care about those people.
If you say our best and brightest will "always achieve," as if there is nothing that can be done to further them along, isn't it equally true that our middling and underachievers will always underachieve?
I can never shake the feeling that people that want things like public schooling are quitters.
What would happen is that the price and thus cost of most private schools would increase (over the voucher amount) to effectively shut out those undesirable public school kids, and we would end up with pretty much the same system that we already have, except at a higher price.
Poor children have plenty of opportunity to study hard and get a college scholarship. It's easier for a black kid from the inner city with a 4.0 GPA who has worked hard to get in to Harvard than it is for a Jewish kid from Boca Raton with a 4.0 to do the same.
We already cater to the "disadvantaged." They just don't take advantage of it. Sorry, but more handouts are not the answer.
Inner city crime has nothing to do with educational opportunities. It has to do with making poor personal choices, and bad family life.