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Education Vouchers: America Can't Afford To Wait

IP-12-1991 (December 1991)
Author: Tom Tancredo

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Executive Summary

  • The shortcomings of government schools in America resemble those of collectivism in the former Soviet Union.
  • Vouchers could improve the U.S education system, offering better opportunities for the poor and removing racial barriers.
  • Vouchers would make all educators, public and private, play by the same consumer-imposed rules of high standards in academics and discipline.
  • Vouchers would help the schools preserve a shared national culture by letting parents opt out of the radical multiculturalism now taking over government classrooms.
  • Vouchers would offer an option for parents who want their children to have the 3 Rs, and instruction in knowing right from wrong, instead of the mushy “affective” material that occupies nearly half the public school curriculum in some places.
  • By letting families vote with their dollars we can steer schools away from low-content, no-fault learning and back to the knowledge and values that make for effective citizenship; our nations very future is in the balance.

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