Tuesday, Mar 20th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education

7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education

E-mail Print PDF

absurd teachings of the Christian rightConservatives are masters at using distortion and subterfuge to sell people on things they would never buy if properly labeled. Nowhere is this more evident than in the arena of “school choice” -- a conservative euphemism for "gutting public education from the inside out."

According to its major proponents, like the late Milton “Pinochet es mi amigo” Friedman, “school choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children’s education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs.” Sounds lovely! But, it turns out, there are plenty of well-documented problems with school choice, especially when it comes to the school voucher system, which provides families with public funds to send their children to private -- often religious -- schools.

Voucher programs in particular have been proven to be largely ineffective; they weaken the public school system, and fail to address inequality, which may be why their supporters, like the Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity and Dick Morris, love them. Through their concerted efforts, vouchers are on the rise: In 2013, 15 states started or expanded their voucher programs.

Though supported with public funds, private schools engaged in voucher programs lack the accountability and oversight applicable to public schools, so they’re not subject to the whole separation of church and state thing that forms the backbone of of American democracy. Given that, it seems fair to wonder: What kinds of lessons are our tax dollars supporting at these schools spared the scrutiny of Big Government and the burdens of the Constitution?


Most Recent Related Stories...

Package explodes at Texas FedEx facility, likely linked to Austin serial bomber

Bomb explodes at Texas FedexA package bomb that exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio early Tuesday is likely linked to...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona challenge to 'Dreamers' program

SC Refuses to Hear DACA challengeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to issue driver’s licenses to the...

Sheriff official: 3 injured in Maryland high school shooting

HS shooting in MarylandA shooting at a Maryland high school Tuesday wounded three people, including the shooter, a sheriff's...

Police blame Austin attacks on serial bomber

Serial bomber in Austin Austin's police chief says the four bombings that have killed two people and injured four others...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!