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    New Study Shows That Moms Are Supportive Of School Choice

    Our K-12 education system is a monopoly, and like any other monopoly, the customer (child) suffers from lack of choice and competition.  Our children are being held captive in a failing system where markets are not allowed to work. As it turns out, parents, especially moms, know that the key to improving our education system is to allow for market forces to drive innovation and create an enviroment that responds to the needs of children, instead of just propping up the status quo.

    In a study just released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, mothers of school-aged children were asked about education nationwide, education in their communities, and the issue of school choice. The study, Schooling in America, provided some great insight into feelings on traditional education in America, and what they would like to see change. 

    One key finding is that mothers have more confidence in private schools than in traditional public schools, which is probably why 66% support vouchers and 69% support tax credits for their children to get the best education available. Around the country, about 255,000 students are using vouchers and tax-credits this year. Why are so many mothers seeking other options? Because, as the survey showed, 79% of mothers surveyed gave the federal government’s involvement in education a “fair” or “poor,” while 61% believe that education has “gotten off on the wrong track.” 

    It’s not simply a matter of “the grass is always greener” for these moms, either. Those who have their children in private schools find that their children are receiving much better educations. 56% of mothers gave their private schools an A or B grade, compared to only 43% for public schools. This is down from 62% only a year ago. As education reform and school choice becomes more mainstream, parents are beginning to realize that they have options, and as they research an seek those out also find that some are better for their children. 

    Perhaps that’s why most respondents agreed that vouchers should be available to all children regardless of income. “When a school doesn’t work for a child, the public believes that child should have choices, including private schools—no matter what his parents’ income,” said Robert Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation. Isn’t that what America is about- equal opportunity for all? America’s mothers certainly seem to think so- and we agree!

    4 comments
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    stone stone
    05/13/2013

    I'm sorry but the public school system is absolutely perfectly fine. I come from a family of teachers myself. I, my Brother, my parents, and everyone else in my family are all products of a public school education. Most of us make well into a 6 figure income. The problem isn't the system of public schools. The problem is that funding for public schools has been slowly drained away, re-purposed, and otherwise taken away until the system is starved of money. You can talk about choice all day long. But if that system were put into place and was forced to endure the same financial rigors as that of public schools... It too would fail and probably even more dramatically. So if you want to fix schools, trying to re-engineer something that in practice is a perfectly fine system isn't the way to do it.

    Monk Mann
    05/11/2013

    Keep in mind that the same public educational system was in place for some time, but deterioration in learning competencies began only during the '80s. That means the source of educational problems lies elsewhere, very likely in over-exposure to commercial mass entertainment.

    marco the first
    05/10/2013

    YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER
    BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM DRINK
    YOU CAN KEEP A KID IN SCHOOL
    BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM THINK
    COMPULSORY EDUCATION
    IS AN OXYMORON LADY
    HOW MUCH YOU PAYING THE GOVERNMENT
    TO BRAINWASH YOUR BABY

    K.C. Martin
    05/10/2013

    I work in a school district that has school choice. Wanna know what the problem is? The kids can't get into the few schools that they want to because the schools gets filled up too fast. So even if you had school choice everywhere it won't fix the fact that you probably won't get in that school since everyone else will be trying to get into them as well. If you had all great schools and you had school choice no one would want to change schools because they are all great OR (in reality) you have a few schools that everyone want to get into that can't because they are full.

    So the the advocates of school choice - how are you going to fix the problem of not getting in the school you want because it's full (because everyone else wants in also)?

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