Renee Moore of TeachMoore responds to a Los Angeles Times editorial by Jonah Goldberg titled “Do Away With Public Schools.” She says Goldberg’s article—which proposes that the government simply require kids to go to school, provide tuition subsidies to families in need, and then get “out of the way"—implies America cannot educate its children. Moore begs to differ.
Neither past nor present failings (some of which, by the way are greatly exaggerated) of public education are sufficient cause to throw up our hands as a nation and leave education at the mercy of the market economy. Even with subsidies from the government (where have we heard this before), there would be greater chance of more children not getting an education at all.
President Bush says to pull our troops out of Iraq would be a signal of weakness to our enemies. Closing our public schools would be an admission of a much greater moral failing. America is more than capable of providing quality education to every one of our children. It's a matter of the heart. America is more than capable of providing quality education to every one of our children. It's a matter of the heart.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.