Vouchers needed to escape high performing schools
This one is kind of interesting. I am not sure what to make of it. Read "The New Separate But Equal."
According to the author, liberal white parents are fleeing high-performing schools in large numbers in areas of San Francisco because there are too many high-performing Asians.
The author says, "Our best hope for a truly color-blind society is not quotas or reverse discrimination, but to allow all parents the opporunity to provide the best edcuation for their children by offering them options such as tuition vouchers, charter schools, school choice and merit-based techer pay."
So, let me get this straight - the "best education available" is to make sure I take my voucher and go to a lower-performing school.
As they say, if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This is the first argument for vouchers I have heard that involves the need to escape a high-performing school.
I think voucher advocates would have gotten a lot further in their efforts if they had just tackled this from the beginning with the liberty/parental rights perspective.
This approach might have avoided a few of the ongoing disputes over charter school effectiveness, and the effectiveness of vouchers etc. Trying to prove charter schools are better than public schools is proving to be a tough row to hoe. Arguing over whether or not to give parents more choices is a much "cleaner" argument.