Black – White Flight
While Edward Glaeser (Desegregation: an unsung success story) celebrates “well-educated” black Americans fleeing inner cities to live in white districts, while he criticizes whites for doing the same and charges them to “pay a price for limiting their own choice” whatever that means.
In his book “Triumph of the City”, Glaeser says “If America imitated the best aspect of European socialism and invested enough in public schools so that they were all good, then there would be little reason for the rich to leave cities to get better schooling.” Perhaps that is the price we all have to pay to improve public education; fix what we have instead of replacing it with voucher programs.
Vouchers which pay all of public school costs, yet not all the costs of charter schools; subsidizes the school choice of the well-off but create a barrier to most who cannot afford to make up the difference.
Famous Republican Susan B. Anthony once said
“If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.”
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
- What would Susan say? (verbumsapienti.wordpress.com)
- Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools (seattleducation2010.wordpress.com)
- Nation’s Cities Almost Free of Segregation, Study Finds (nytimes.com)
- Are charter schools the best solution? (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- House Bill 2428: The charter school bill (seattleducation2010.wordpress.com)
- Study: Housing segregation, all-white enclaves dying out (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- The charter school battle moves to Alabama (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)
- Class Size Doesn’t Matter, Plus Charter Schools as Laboratories of Education (reason.com)
- Invest in public schools – survey (smh.com.au)