Interested in pros and cons missing ingredient in School Choice?
The Chicago Tribune articles today on teachers’ opinions about the illusions of parents sending their kids to a public school or charter school choices contained two opposite opinions, yet agree on one observation.:
Charter schools provide the Choice Parents and Teachers need.
“But parents could just as easily choose not to send their kids to this charter school. As a result, we teachers worked smart and we worked hard to make sure we delivered a high-quality educational experience. We had to earn and re-earn our customers every single day.”
Charter Schools Only Offer an Illusion of choice
“Generally, students are getting the same basic education no matter which school they pick. Whether it’s education or breakfast cereals, wrapping it in different packaging or offering it in a variety of flavors only succeeds in giving the consumer the illusion that they have a choice.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom verse and my opinion of what is missing factor in both articles.
Thorns and snares lie on the path of the perverse; he who guards his soul stays far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverb 20:5-6)
What’s My Point?
Both articles focus on the quality of the teachers as the core difference in quality of education. Also having parents decide a choice and both agree with this statement.
“It’s because they were given an opportunity to choose. And maybe that’s the whole point. Having families feel on some level that they have a choice gives them a sense of agency.”
My point is at present, the pros and cons only focus on choices of public schools and do not another choice of teaching a curriculum which includes parents’ religious values. Or in other words, a belief that everyone has both a body, mind, and soul.
In My Opinion
What the Chicago Tribune needs to focus on the subject of the pros and cons next is to include private religious school parent choices.
That is because of the 2020 Supreme Court ruling that States Laws that prohibited States from using taxpayer funds for private religious schools was unconstitutional so it can be a choice for parents if they elect legislators to approve school choice or school vouchers.
In other words, regardless of the pros and cons opinions between public or charter schools, it is now an illusion that parents have real choices and agency where to send their children. That is unless they can afford to pay two tuitions, one to fund public and one to fund private schools which has never been equitable because they are taxpayers too.
Frankly, if 40 percent of public-school teacher send their own children to private religious schools, and most legislators, one has to question if there is something missing in the Chicago Tribune pro and con articles, in my opinion.
Read previous posts in the Source Links below.
Should the Chicago Tribune report on the pros and cons of real school choice which includes private religious schools?
Should a study be made of all incarcerated prisoners in Chicago and the Nation to compare if they attended a public or a private religious school because of the high rates of Chicago Shootings, drugs, etc. etc.?
Is something else missing in the articles about school curriculums in public or charter schools that might help to teach children to recognize the “Thorns and snares lie on the path of the perverse” so that the beliefs he or she is taught “when he is old he will not depart from it?”