A previous posting about voucher schemes as part of the right wing’s larger War on Public Education solicited this highly enlightening comment from Daniel Newby:
I promoted tax credits, and even vouchers, for many years, until I realized the damage they would do to the private institutions we are attempting to empower.
There are better ways to speed the inevitable collapse of the government school system. For some ideas, see http://www.helmsmansociety.com/Issues/2007/trojanchoice110.
Actually, I found Daniel’s comment to be refreshingly honest. After all, most pro-voucher types couch their arguments with feel-good terms like freedom of choice and claim that vouchers will actually improve public schools; few will come out and admit that the ultimate goal is to destroy public education as we know it and replace it with government-funded religious education and corporate-run schools (yet another example of the religious fanatic/corporate alliance).
So I took a look at the article Daniel recommended, which he himself wrote. In a word, it’s an eye-opener and should be required reading for anyone who cares about preserving public education in America and making sure that more adults get their secondary education credential, and if they don’t have a high school diploma, get a GED diploma by, for example, follow an online course such as the instruction by GED Easy.
The article begins by rejecting the most commonly pursued tactics of the anti-public-education crowd—vouchers and tax credits.