Real “Choice” – In Education


On April 26th The Signal published a column by Christy Smith with the title “State must reaffirm local education control” (Link).

One thing Smith wrote really jumped out at me: “… representatives in Sacramento must reaffirm their control over our schools and prevent out-of-touch billionaires in Washington from imposing their values on our students.”

Apparently it’s better, at least according to Smith, to let out-of-touch Sacramento leftists impose their values through indoctrination, starting in elementary school, particularly since it’s a captive audience.

How about this? School vouchers, which would return control to where it really belongs, the parents. Let the PARENTS choose which “values” their kids are subjected to. Eliminate the public school monopoly on education, and its attendant suppression of conservative principles and ideology through the radical agenda imposed by the teachers’ union and the socialists in Sacramento.

What we conservatives want is to yank our kids out of the Dem/socialist indoctrination system laughingly called “public education”, where our kids have drummed into their little heads propaganda and ideologies we find repugnant.

I’ll use this valley as an example. In most of the area (in my experience) we actually have a pretty good school system academically. My daughter went to Helmers, as my granddaughter does now. Really good school!

But if we had access to a voucher system, my granddaughter would be yanked out of there and enrolled in SCCS faster than a speeding bullet.

Which is EXACTLY what the California socialists know, and EXACTLY why they vehemently block vouchers in this state utterly dominated leftist ideologues.

You want to talk about “imposed values”? Now’s the time to put your money where your mouth is. Actions, not words. Support school vouchers.


©Brian Baker 2017

(Also published today in The Signal)

8 comments on “Real “Choice” – In Education

  1. CW says:

    It’s pretty laughable that Smith complains about interference from Washington now, after 8 years of Obama when – I’m just guessing – she probably never complained about Washington interference. I’m also shaking my head at her trite “we spend more on prisoners than students” complaint, as if one thing has anything to do with the other. It’s asinine but the liberals love this comparison and apparently it works on the sheep.

    Vouchers are the great fear of the Left as this would mean the end of the Left’s monopoly on education and what they consider to be their entitlement to all of the tax money that goes into it. They’re going to fight like trained pitbulls against it, the kids be damned.

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, perfect characterization, CW. I couldn’t agree more.

      Vouchers would mean the loss of the death grip the left has on child indoctrination.

  2. captbogus2 says:

    It should rightly be called, “Imposed indoctrination” because most working Americans do not have the money necessary for sending their child(ren) to a private school and it is a crime not to send a child to a school. So you have the choice of sending Junior to a public school or face arrest.

    • BrianR says:

      EXACTLY right, Buck! They’ve got us by the short and curlies, and will fight like badgers to hold on.

      The only other option is home-schooling, and how many people are in a position to do that? Further, even if you do home-school, THEY still have your educational tax dollars, from which each student is allocated a certain amount, and they STILL won’t release them to you.

  3. garnet92 says:

    Seems like I’m always late to the party! But I agree with everything that’s been said so far. It’s bad enough that we’re forced to pay for the “Peoples Indoctrination Centers” to educate our young on leftist issues but they’re even taking away many of the previously taught staples like American History (or using “new” textbooks that cover the subject from a left perspective and conveniently leave out anything remotely patriotic or references to our exceptional country..

    I know that we all have seen the polls that show that even many black parents would prefer a voucher system, yet we, the public, haven’t made enough noise to overcome the teacher’s unions. Until we can overcome them, ain’t nothing gonna change – except to get worse.

    I worry about my granddaughter who is graduating high school and will soon go off to college. At least she’s going to Oklahoma University where (I hope) the leftist indoctrination is somewhat muted (compared to a Berkeley, for example), but still, she’ll be exposed to what I’m sure is an overwhelmingly liberal staff and it’ll be all we can do to keep her on the straight and narrow.

    Like so many other things, we’ve let this happen by assuming that our institutions of “higher learning” were educating our young. They’ve managed to sneak in more and more leftist content through the years to get us where we are today.

    God help our kids.

    • BrianR says:

      Better late than never, Garnet, and your comments are always worth the wait.

      I think you capsulized it wonderfully. It IS very interesting that the polling data (I’ve probably seen the same as you) indicates that a large segment of the minority communities, especially blacks, are hungry for this option. And I don’t blame them! Their “public schools” are probably among the worst.

      And the HYPOCRISY! Dem/socialist drones like Smith bleating about “local” control, but absolutely NOT willing to put it in place if that control is TRULY “local”, as in at the parents’ front door steps.

  4. Autumn Cote says:

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