In an article last week by Allison Benedikt the managing editor of Slate’s Double X, Allison claims that there is no good reason to send your children to a private school and that if you are not sending them to public school, then you are a “bad person.”
Her article developed into a very heated debate between several ideological groups of people. The debate ranged from supporters of public education — supporters of private education to liberals — conservatives. That debate resulted in over 5,000 comments in just a couple of days. Clearly, a whole lot of people have plenty to say about the subject.
The problem is that Allison believes that the only way to improve our public schools is to send all of our children to them, even if they are considered a “failing school.” She also believes that:
- Parents can have a positive impact on the school and school system through the PTA.
- Children do just fine in any public school, especially if they are considered “gifted and talented.”
- Keep your children, faith and support in the public school system and the schools will get better gradually over a few decades.
There are many parents of public school children that are working hard to improve the schools. They are only able to have a limited impact in a broken system. If doing only “fine” in school is good enough for most families, then we are in real trouble. If real serious changes are not made to our public school system, then our schools will never get better. Greatly expanded private school choice is our best shot at improving our schools. So are you really a bad person if you send your child to a private school?