View Poll Results: Do you support school vouchers for public school children to attend private schools?

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  • Yes. I generally support any voucher program.

    21 45.65%
  • Yes, but only if the funds come from private programs, not government.

    3 6.52%
  • Yes, but only if the students are smart enough.

    3 6.52%
  • Yes, if the conditions under options 2 AND 3 are met.

    2 4.35%
  • No. I generally do not support any voucher program.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar
    I think there are a couple ways around that problem where we could still have vouchers. First of all, the religious schools could be required to self-finance (or charge tuition) for whatever proportion of their curriculum is religious in nature. For example, if there are 7 classes per day and 1 of them is religion, the students/schools would be responsible for at least 1/7 of the tuition. And the government could provide a voucher for no more than 6/7 of the tuition.
    A very interesting idea. I think that is a fair compromise.

    Quote Originally Posted by OKgrannie
    NO. 1. There is no evidence that private schools perform better than public schools.
    Yes there is. A very comprehensive study was done. Here is a link to it, beware its a PDF:
    http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard...es/2006461.pdf
    I went to a Catholic High School, and the education was definitely better than the public schools in the area.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I don't see how this would mean there was less money per student. Yes, some money that was devoted toward public schools would instead go toward vouchers...but there would also be fewer students for the public schools to worry about.
    The cost to run a school isn't directly proportional to the number of students who attend, though. There are many lumpy costs (facilities, administrators, etc etc) that the school would be less able to afford. If I saw a voucher plan that deals well with those who remain in public school in an area where most go to private school, I'd most likely be in favor of vouchers

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    One, maybe the greatest, flaw in the Constitution of the Republic was the failure to establish separation of Education and State.

    Today, we reap a bitter crop from that failure, and the indoctrination of our children, as well as ourselves, into philosophies that benefit only those who would be our masters.
    I agree with that. I don't think the government should be running education. Every since public education started, our standards have been terribly lowered. But there is always that problem with poorer families. They have no inherent "right" to an education, but I think they should be able to get it. But I wouldn't want this voucher program to become like another welfare/medicaid/medicare disaster.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.

    If a private organization wishes to make non-government funds available to public school students to attend the private school of their choice, well, that would be a good idea.

    I also support a voucher program for all students from government funds to attend a public school of their choice.

    If a parent wishes their child attend a private school then that is a great idea but they, the parents, ought be responsible to fund that choice......not the taxpayers.
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Thumbs up Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    The ultimate solution is a total separation of education and state. Then we won't have to worry about vouchers.

    Other problems that would disappear are prayer in school, lack of school choice, biased curriculums, teachers' unions, and gross overstaffing of useless bureaucrats.

    The quality of education would surge upward while the cost would drop dramatically.

    FREE MARKET EDUCATION

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    The ultimate solution is a total separation of education and state. Then we won't have to worry about vouchers.

    Other problems that would disappear are prayer in school, lack of school choice, biased curriculums, teachers' unions, and gross overstaffing of useless bureaucrats.

    The quality of education would surge upward while the cost would drop dramatically.

    FREE MARKET EDUCATION
    I agree with the concept behind that, but how would the poor get an education? If they are working and trying to get money, but can't afford it, their kids will be stupid and will never be able to advance in society. I don't see how a completely free-market education would work, but if I wish it could.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    One, maybe the greatest, flaw in the Constitution of the Republic was the failure to establish separation of Education and State.

    Today, we reap a bitter crop from that failure, and the indoctrination of our children, as well as ourselves, into philosophies that benefit only those who would be our masters.
    I never thought of it in this way before, but it makes sense.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    If somebody came up with a private system of education that is not government run but somehow allows all children to attend I will be all for it. But I don't know if that is possible.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    One, maybe the greatest, flaw in the Constitution of the Republic was the failure to establish separation of Education and State.

    Today, we reap a bitter crop from that failure, and the indoctrination of our children, as well as ourselves, into philosophies that benefit only those who would be our masters.

    I experienced zero indoctrination in public schools (unless that's what you consider science and logic), but heavy religious indoctrination in the two private schools I attended.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    I experienced zero indoctrination in public schools (unless that's what you consider science and logic), but heavy religious indoctrination in the two private schools I attended.
    Or maybe the public schools were so subtle in their indoctrination you didn't notice...that is how it works normally. You don't know when you are indoctrinated, that is how you become indoctrinated...

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