As a public school student, I am very concerned with the current condition of the system. The purpose of public school is to provide a good education for all children. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The schools are designed to give as equal an education to poor children as to any other, but under the current system, low-income children are suffering the most. Wealthy parents can afford to send their children to better or safer schools, while poor parents have no choice. Their children end up in the worst schools. This feeds into a cycle of poverty for their families. Their children can’t get a proper education.
The solution the schools are creating is a higher standard requirement, which the students are not adequately trained to meet and for which the teachers are not held accountable. This prepares the children for nothing. The solution the government has is merely throwing more money at the problem; this is no solution. The solution to fixing public education is to do away with it entirely. Although the public school system could never end cold turkey, it can be slowly phased out by giving parents more choice in where they choose to use their education funds.
On average, our schools receive $8,000 a year per student in total tax money, but the direct payments to the classroom are less than half that. The rest of the people’s money is lost in the black hole of bureaucracy. If the money taken from the taxpayers by the government were returned to its rightful owners, it could be used more efficiently to give children a better education. This is the purpose of vouchers. Eventually, most parents would choose what they believe best for their child, and public schools would become obsolete. That is the ultimate goal.
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