Animal’s Daily Parent’s Choice News

Yr. obdt. 1991

Before I start, happy and reflective Veteran’s Day to all my brothers and sisters who, like Mrs. Animal and myself, wore Uncle Sam’s colors.

Now then:  John Stossel has another piece on education, and like most of his work, it’s worth reading.  Excerpt:

As Virginia’s gubernatorial election drew to a close last week, Democrat Terry McAuliffe brought in teachers union president Randi Weingarten.

He thought that would help?

I suppose he, like many progressives, believes everyone thinks the way he does.

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and … make their own decisions,” he’d said. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

That’s the political attitude: Government runs things. We, the experts, know what’s best. Parents as “customers” who make choices? Nonsense.

I hope his defeat means Americans are figuring out that such politicians are enemies of progress.

Years ago, I was surprised to discover that NYC’s failing public schools spent $20,000 per student. Teachers had been holding protests where they shouted: “Fund schools! We don’t have enough money!”

But they spent $20,000 (now nearly $30,000) per student! At 25 students per class, that’s $500,000 per classroom! Think what you could do with that money: hire five good teachers?

Where did the money go? No one in the bureaucracy had a good answer. Governments make money … disappear.

But these guys were hot for teacher.

My preferred answer would be, of course, to get government out of education altogether, but I can’t have that.  So Governor-elect Youngkin’s preference may not be the best of all imaginable solutions, but it may be the best of all possible solutions:  Choice.  Vouchers, or a robust charter school system.  Let a thousand flowers bloom, and yes, let parents have the final say in what their children are and aren’t learning.

Here’s the bit John Stossel misses:

Of course, some parents will make bad choices, and doom their kids to a bad education.  OK.  Explain to my how that’s my problem.  Explain to me why I should shield these people, with my tax dollars, from the consequences of their own bad decisions.

That’s the part I’d like to see John Stossel address.  I love ya, John, but you keep leaving that part out.