Everyone is so busy working their lives away that they don’t see what’s really going on. But I think a better solution would be for schools to have to compete for funding. If you would like to make a gift, please try a different browser. Yes, there are some good public schools, but there are more bad ones. As many as one in eight American public schools have been implementing this policy. Take a charter school for example. Site contents © 2020 Americans United for Separation of Church and State, February 2011 Church & State | Featured. These outdoor classrooms allow children to learn so much more than they ever could in a classroom looking at a book. Get breaking news, action opportunities, and our free weekly newsletter in your inbox. Ninety percent of American children attend public schools. Here’s a great article by Applerouth called When A is for Average: the High Cost of Grade Inflation. Likewise, there was no significant difference in the student-teacher ratios in their classrooms or the availability of before-and after-school programs in their schools. Here is an article from the National Wildlife Federation discussing some amazing benefits of exposing children to the natural world. Under voucher programs, private schools are often not required to test students, publish curriculum or meet many other standards. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Innovation means constant engagement with the status quo — analyzing processes and outcomes, observing strengths and weaknesses, theorizing and hypothesizing, generating and testing new ideas, and tracking the progress of experimentation. Some of the most successful people are either college dropouts or they never even went. Private schools, then, face tremendous pressure to provide students with an advantage over others, particularly on the admissions rolls of prestigious colleges and universities. Most kids these days get A’s and B’s, but how does this make sense if we’re ranked so low compared to the other nations? Yet they are at a significant advantage in that they can actively cultivate highly diverse campuses. Thus, there is no way to prevent publicly funded vouchers from paying for these institutions’ religious activities and education. Simple right? Private school vouchers would likely be unconstitutional in most states – and some state courts have already ruled that they are. The future is not looking good for America. Most of these religious schools seek to indoctrinate as well as educate. After all, if we are all roughly the same, there is no difference upon which to base unequal distribution of social and economic rewards. Teachers at religious schools have been fired for having the “wrong” views about religion, for marrying someone of another faith, for getting divorced, for being gay and even for taking public stands that conflict with the church’s view. This approach undermines learning for all parties, including those enrolled at high-prestige schools. Most people don’t even question our public school systems. Many times, they are even at odds with each other. Poor children are off to a bad start from the get-go. The loss of a few students at a school does not reduce fixed costs such as teacher salaries, textbooks and supplies and utilities and maintenance costs. 5. Vouchers do not increase education choice: Voucher programs do not increase “choice” for parents because it’s the private schools that will ultimately decide whether to admit a student. These terms imply ownership, competition, disunity, disconnection. There is no mystery behind a poor generation that raises another poor generation.