Letter: School choice is good

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
School choice is good

Your cringe-worthy editorial (Monitor Opinion, April 13) opposing the school choice bill sponsored by Sen. John Reagan, Senate Bill 193, was as riddled with errata as Bonnie and Clyde’s getaway car.

Staple for Europe is money following the child. Despite American costs exceeding $18,000 per year per student, NEA, AFT and DNC officials misleadingly claim that ever higher property taxes will result in masses of children better informed, more curious or erudite. Anyone suffering from this ailment will be cured by five minutes on campus. “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be,” Thomas Jefferson, our first libertarian president warned.

EdChoice.org shows test scores ascending in public schools that must compete for students, teachers and funding – descending test scores where tax funding increases. That is why nearly every Libertarian (and admittedly Republican) support school choice and charter schools. Sans choice, no bad teacher can be fired, and children caught in dangerous or underperforming schools are deprived of their one chance at a truly excellent education.

Lawgiver Solon, Athenian counterpart to Sparta’s Lycurgus, declared it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. Indeed, Plutarch holds Solon among the 10 wisest men ever to have lived, but warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” Education, from the Latin term educo meaning “to raise oneself up,” is the single most important function of any society and must be handled with greatest care.