This is a report I read entitled Recess from Reality: The Feminist Failure to Embrace School Choice by Carrie L. Lukas on the subject of school choice, particularly in regards to the voucher programs that are currently under fire in several states, including Washington D.C. In it the writer gives some scenarios that give you a glimpse of the thinking involved with those who oppose vouchers as well as citing some very good and strong evidence that suggests that having a choice in regards to education can be and usually is, a good thing for all, especially women. It is her argument that rather than opposing these education policies, women's groups such as NOW, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) ought to begin supporting school choice, not just vouchers, but all educational options in that parents and particularly women, young and old, will be better served by them.
It is amazing to witness such hypocrisy among the so called proponents of "Choice", where you have such feminine organizations who tout the mantra of freedom of choice for women when speaking of killing their babies in the womb, yet when it comes to educating the children, who some how managed to be deemed worthy enough to live by their moms, their silence is as deafening as their logically flawed protest.
The basic fundamentals behind the voucher program is choice. Giving the parents, and subsequently the students, more choice in who educates them and ultimately how they are to be educated. For anyone who may not be familiar with the voucher issues, this is a good report to get up to speed on what they do for families as well as to find out what the detractors are saying. Ms. Lukas also goes into some details about the common myths that are put out there regarding school vouchers and provides strong arguments and evidence to prove them false. One in particular is the notion that public schools will somehow suffer if monies are redirected to the voucher programs and their students leave. A good point she makes in addressing this myth is that through the simple principles of capitalism, although she doesn't come right out and say it, these public schools can and most likely will implement policies to improve in order to maintain their students and to compete with other schools, and therefore will actually become better at educating our children. So, through free enterprise we find that there can actually be opportunities to better the overall educational system across the board. Yet opponents to school choice fail to recognize this very basic and logical notion and continue to spout that the public schools just need more money and smaller classrooms and better teacher training, blah blah blah, ad nauseum. Ofcourse, vouchers and other school choice options, will actually allow public schools to do just that! Amazing!
As I said, hypocrisy. Obviously, as I stated before, the so called notion of choice in reference to women's rights is not about choice at all but about egocentrism. This is a case in point. Here is a perfect opportunity for these champions of women's rights to demonstrate and reinforce "Choice" in the prevailing culture, yet, they drop the ball and oppose choice. You have to ask, why? Something to think about.