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Ray Domanico joins City Journal associate editor Seth Barron to discuss charter schools in New York City, the growing protests by education workers across the country, and Democrats’ weakening support for charters. In teachers’ unions protests from West Virginia to California, activists claim that the growth of charters has come at the expense of district schools. More

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With the current frenzy and media buzz surrounding the Central American caravan, which is tirelessly marching north to the US-Mexico Border, political pundits from both sides of the aisle are weighing in with a bevy of talking points. In addition, conspiracy theories are being bounced around with reckless abandon as to who is funding the march: is […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. There’s No Such Thing as a “Public” School

 

shutterstock_356921591Perhaps the most pervasive myth about our nation’s education system is the notion that “public schools have to take all children.” Last year, when criticizing charter schools that she claimed, “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids,” Hillary Clinton quipped, “And so the public schools are often in a no-win situation, because they do, thankfully, take everybody.” In fact, they do not. At best, so-called “public” schools have to take all children in a particular geographic area, although they can (and do) expel children based on their behavior. They are more appropriately termed “district schools” because they serve residents of a particular district, not the public at large. Privately owned shopping malls are more “public” than district schools.

This wouldn’t be a serious problem if every district school offered a quality education but, in fact, they do not. Rather, the quality of education that the district schools provide tends to be highly correlated with the income levels of the residents of those districts. As Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation and I noted last year, our housing-based system of allocating education leads to severe inequities:

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Xerox started the 5th Grade this morning. One of his classes is entitled 21st Century Technology. Obviously our school system is trying to reassure me that they are preparing my child, starting today, with all the technological skills he’ll need for the next 86 years. What would it have looked like had my grandfather’s generation […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Compulsory Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the US education system is messed up. Opinions differ as to what — precisely — is wrong, what can be done to fix it, and whether fixing it is possible or even desirable. One thing we should all be able to agree with is that making education compulsory in today’s world makes no sense.

I am not arguing that education is bad. I am not arguing that attendance at school should be officially discouraged. I am arguing (among other things) that forcing the most vulnerable in our society — the children of the poor in the inner cities and deprived rural areas — to attend institutions that we know do not work (or that are actively harmful) is a colossal waste of resources that actively prevents better things from happening.

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