So how did it happen that we ended up with a single style of education available for all children, all parents? How on earth did we let this happen to us? That the government would tell us what kind of education is best for our children? Nothing we can say about it? Really? The government knows about education? Whose idea was that?
We have to take this back.
Parents have been fighting small and at times hostile battles to get control of their child’s education. Especially in an age when it has become abundantly clear that the system has rotted from within. Home schooling, charter schools, magnet schools, vouchers… all manner of “choice” options have been floated out there. Let’s let parents decide, shall we? Let’s let parents decide which school they think does the best job – what style, approach, emphasis. Maybe its different for different children. Since when were all children wards of the state when it came to education? How DID this happen?
Let’s get up and demand that parents – end users (in a sense) – get to decide how THEIR money will be spent on THEIR child’s education. Why is that this should have to be fought for? Why isn’t this just the way things are? Isn’t this just common sense? Plato (and Thomas Moore in his Utopia) argued that children should be the responsibility of the state – that children should be separated from their parents and raised by the state according to how the state saw fit, prepared for jobs that the state saw a need for. Are we not so far from this? Discreetly? Yet any politician who would give voice to this Platonic concept would be laughed off the platform. But, do it without saying it? Ooooo.. that’s smooth. Isn’t that really what we have? (Oh yes, those who can afford to opt out can get something better for their children – let’s just leave the government schools for the, uh, lower SES children, shall we… quiet, don’t say anythign about that….)
C’mon. It’s time to put an end to this. Let the best school style/approach/concept win. Isn’t that the way to improvement? Since when did one size fit all apply to human development? AND, since when did governments become education experts?