A Right Wingnut's Dream Come True
Education is a commodity, a marketplace, an economy into itself, proponents of this new education say. Others add that a "bottom-line" paradigm shift only makes sense.
"Where consumers have more choice, providers have to compete, provide better services and lower costs," said David Salisbury, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the libertarian CATO Institute. "It doesn't really matter what economic sector you're talking about. There isn't any reason education should be different."
No, it is different and it absolutely does matter what sector we're talking about. This is not about a consumerist choice like we're buying tomatoes here. We're talking about the educating a generation of children and teenagers. There is a huge different. You can't just speed up production and streamline operations when you have hundreds of kids with individual needs. Sorry Right Wingers -- it just ain't that simple.
And then check this out:
About 27,000 children use one of the state's three types of vouchers to attend private or religious schools. Parents whose children's public schools are labeled as failing are eligible. Any student with a disability or who is poor has the option of getting public or corporate money to attend a private school. Although the vouchers have been abused, the state legislature failed two years in a row to pass laws that would better monitor the programs.
That's great. I can see it now: Enron High. Thousands of schools with no oversight teaching whatever they want, whenever they want it: a Right Wingnut's dream.
Is this really what we want for the future of education?