Charter schools. School choice. Educating the young minds of tomorrow. Leftists have one preferred method (public schools) and conservatives have another: competition. That’s right, education, like every other industry, can be subject to market choices.
Rather than focus on the merits of one over the other, leftists fall back to purely emotional appeals…
There is no valid argument against school choice or charter schools. Zip, zero, ze. Even people on the left acknowledge the public school system blows chunks. Hence their constant cries for more funding. Because right behind those appeals to emotion, the leftists’ favorite pastime is throwing money at a problem. Not their money, though. Your money. What were you going to do with it anyway? Put it toward your child’s education? LOL! Loser.
But what the left never wants to discuss is how denying school choice hurts one of their favorite victim classes. No, not Muslims. The next favorite victim group. No, not the transgenders. Okay, the third favorite victim group.
The “poor” and “downtrodden” get tossed under the school bus. They are merely sacrifices at the altar of teachers’ unions. Unions in 2016, by the way, are little more than a Democrat money laundering scheme. Read 5 things to remember about work in America this Labor Day.
It is not a mean senator or congressmen who is pro-school choice that’s preventing your wee one from getting a better education. A rich (yes rich) teachers’ union is preventing little Johnny or little Janey from learning their multiplication tables. Or Jamal. Muhammad. Jose. Jazid. I made up the last name. Multiculturalism.
No it isn’t.
Before you jump aboard the E For Emotional Train, don’t. Spare me the “But the teachers care so much about the children!!” Yeah, a lot of teachers care about the children. But not all. Many go into teaching for the decent money (teachers are not deprived a “fair pay” like leftists keep harping), benefits, and killer vacations. Christmas, Spring Break, Summer? Let’s just say the vacations don’t suck.
And yes, of course charter schools hurt public schools. In order for a charter school to succeed, it must take students from a public school. SPOILER ALERT: if that public school had been decent in the first place, students wouldn’t flee as if Jerry Sandusky inspects their locker room. Which means, like all other industries, education is beholden to the same marketplace rules: may the best business win. The best business, in this case, results in better educated children. We call this a “win-win.”
Here’s the part where teachers, who claim to care for the children, raise their pitchforks and grab torches. So let’s ask the all important, multiple choice question: What’s more important?
- child’s education
- school’s budget
- teacher’s union
Pick one. If you picked number one, congratulations. You win “the caring game.” You also support (knowingly or unknowingly) school choice. Pat yourself on the back and go watch a cat video. We’re done here.
If you chose either two or three, you’re a stupid person. And uncaring. No cat videos for you. You’ve seen too many already.
“But but if we give more money, the schools will do better.” Oh, like Detroit, where male students have as much of a chance of ending up in prison as they do graduating?! Also, Detroit schools get plenty of money. That’s not the problem. See, if a charter school is utter dog crap, it fails. The market has passed judgement on it. Fairly, might I add. Those kids can (sadly) return to the poopy public school from which they came. Or to another charter school, perhaps a better one.
A crappy public school? It’s still subsidized by the government. So the teacher’s unions can continue collecting dues. And continue funneling a portion of those dues to the Democrat party. Who in turn asks for more money to go to public schools. It’s a vicious money-laundering cycle, running on recycled water, no detergent.
There’s zero incentive for a public school to offer a better education, they’re funded regardless. Those poor kids who can’t go to another school, suffer.
Despite all this logic, Democrats like Elizabeth Warren keep beating the “We care about the children” war drum, while forcing kids into crappy schools. So they can, as already stated, funnel more money into the unions. Which then go right back to the party.
But right. Charter schools. That’s the problem.