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McCain doesn’t care about your babies.

October 19, 2008

Yes We Can (Hold Babies)

Yes We Can (Hold Babies)

Or so it would seem to examine his sparse-at-best “choice and competition” education policy. He holds up the D.C. voucher programs an example of the wonders school choice has on a troubled district. Problem: vouchers don’t work. Students tend not to do any better at their chosen schools–even private schools. At best (on average), it’s a lateral move. Why? Because private schools aren’t, academically, more effective than public schools. Private school students are more effective than public school students–and no wonder, given their typically tremendous SES advantage.  

Now, there’s something to be said for the value of freedom of choice, whether a new student’s school works academic wonders or not. That having been said, McCain doesn’t seem to have given any thought to how to implement a choice program. This isn’t shocking, given his level of boredom with/contempt for women, children, and families. When he shouts the mantra “choice and competition” during debates, saying that all families should have the same options he and Senator Obama do, it sounds like he expects to take voucher and choice programs to universal scale–which is insane. Even opening up school choice to all the students in D.C. is unworkable. Where will all those newly-freed students go? To the very limited number of schools perceived as “good”, which will quickly become as crowded and overwhelmed as those the students fled to begin with. It’s a short-sighted policy, just like all McCain’s policies that don’t cater to rich, white, thousand-year-old veterans.

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  1. October 20, 2008 6:09 pm

    I agree with you. Opening up school choice to all the students in D.C. is unworkable.

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