Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The winner of the caption contest

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Home Schooling

EdWonk discusses the trend of home schooling increasing in the African American population.

Indiana has some of the least restrictive home schooling regulations in America. When it is done well, home schooling can hardly be beat. With internet resources growing daily and the home school network continuing to grow - it should come as no surprise.

Some of them have their own extra-curricular teams and even organize large scale field trips.

With a knowledgeable parent or tutor, the right resources and an independent or motivated learner - it can work wonders.