A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America's Schools

A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America's Schools

A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America's Schools

A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America's Schools

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A revolution in education is taking place in the United States as we near the twenty-first century. In more than thirty states, efforts are under way to empower families with the right to choose the best possible schools for their children within a system of open competition and freedom of choice. Education is the basis for all that we do, for all that we hold dear. It transcends all other issues in importance. No challenge facing our societypreserving world peace, combating poverty, overcoming racial tensions, protecting the environment--can be met successfully if we fail to pass on our knowledge and values to the next generation. And yet, tragically, the evidence is overwhelming that our system of compulsory public elementary and secondary education has failed.

American schoolchildren consistently rank at or near the bottom in international comparisons of educational achievement, despite per student spending greater than that of any other country in the world. Equally shocking is that our public schools have become truly dangerous places: the safety of our children can no longer be assured. And, in an Information Age in which adaptation and change arc essential, our public schools themselves remain rigidly bureaucratic anachronisms.

One obvious reason for the failure of our public schools is that the United States remains the only major industrialized nation in the world in which school choice at the elementary and secondary levels is virtually nonexistent. When Sweden began to change over to a voucher system in 1992, the United States was left isolated and alone as the most monopolistic and bureaucratic nation with regards to schooling.

By contrast, at the higher education level in the United States, the battle for school choice has long since been won. Beginning with the GI Bill of . . .

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