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School Choice Is The Future Of Education

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As a proponent of school choice, I see it as one of the reform movements that has a real chance of changing education for the better here in the United States. School choice, if implemented correctly, would give parents and children the opportunity to choose the type of school that they feel best meets their educational needs. They would also be in a position to demand excellence in every way from that school. School choice is a much debated issue and has respected educators gathering on both sides of the issue. Opponents of school choice have no shortage of reasons (both valid in invalid) for why school choice will only lead to the further degradation of our schools and hence should not be implemented. Within the space of this brief article, I will examine and refute one of the more insightful reasons put fourth by school choice opponents for not implementing choice.

 

Having spent most of my educational career working with students that could be labeled as disadvantaged, at-risk, or any number of convenient labels, I have become concerned with how these students can best be served by both the current educational system and any educational systems that stem from the reform that will inevitably come in one form or another. Many of the students of which I speak have little or no parental support when it comes to their education or anything else for that matter. The reasons for this lack of parental support are many and varied and far beyond the scope of this article. Regardless, some of our most needy children lack the necessary support to succeed in an academic environment, and it is these students that a number of opponents of school choice see as having the most to lose if school choice is implemented on a large scale.

 

Proponents of school choice see parents actively looking to place their children in the best possible school they can find. But according to Bruce Fuller, a Harvard University assistant professor, "it is the slightly more advantaged, better-educated, and informed parents who are shopping." The Southwest Regional Laboratory continues this line of thinking by stating that school choice requires a high level of parental involvement. Because of this, school choice may be unfair to children with apathetic and uninvolved parents. In essence, the ship of school choice may leave the students who are in the most need...

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