Thursday, February 17, 2011

I have a dream (about K-12 education)...

I wish people would "stand up for students" more than "stand up for teachers".

I wish people who generally believe that govt regulation is ineffective would reject standardized testing as an effective way to regulate a govt monopoly.

I wish people who want local control would support more options for local parents, such as charter schools and means-based vouchers.

I wish people who support welfare programs for the poor-- where they can obtain food, housing, and health care through the provider of their choice-- would allow them the same dignity and opportunity with respect to educational choice.

I wish that teachers did not have to deal with government red tape, to work with staggering government regulations, and to join labor market cartels in dealing with the govt monopoly.

I wish people would practice civil disobedience in the face of the government's brutally expensive and low-quality monopoly provision of K-12 education in the inner city.


At February 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Eric, how about following up with the best ways to help bring your dream(s) to fulfillment?
e.g. if I want to get behind the idea of vouchers, do I write letters to my congressman each week, or is there something more I can do?

At February 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

Talk to people about the importance of the issue, the inherent problems within a govt monopoly, and the prospective reforms (and how they would reduce cost and increase quality and choice).

In Indiana, it'd be getting behind any number of reforms being considered by the legislature and supported by the governor.

In Kentucky, the most direct way, right now, is to support the charter schools legislation. KY is one of only a few states without this.

In other states, it varies quite a bit.

At February 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger John said...

I just watched waiting for superman the day before you posted this.

At February 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

was it as good as I've heard?

At February 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM , Blogger John said...

Well I thought it was better than The Lottery. Both are pretty similar documentaries. I had my brother watch it and he hasn't seen any documenaries on our education system. He thought it was great and very informative. It is what I expected, but still good.

At May 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh happy day in Indiana??


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