The Real Education Tragedy
is a real education crisis in America, but because of the players
involved, no one wants to face the hard facts. One of those hard facts
is that our public schools in the poor areas of our nation are just
plain lousy. The drop-out rate is horrendous and the quality of the
education those who stay in school receive is sub par (and that’s being
Those who do graduate from
high school pay a huge price. When you don’t get a good, solid
education, how in the world can you compete in a tough college
environment? How can you compete in the workplace? It’s a rotten deal
and these children deserve better.
what’s the problem? Who or what is keeping these schools from being
top-flight educational institutions at both the primary and secondary
Well, it’s not money. Take
the District of Columbia, for example. The District spends more per
pupil than nearly every other state in the nation, but the schools are
notoriously lousy. They are lousy in terms of facilities and lousy in
terms of education. There is simply no excuse for lousy facilities or
getting a lousy education when there is that much money being spent per
It’s not the students
either. They’re not dumb. Yes, they could use more encouragement and
support from their parents, but lots of students could use that.
real problem is the politicians who are being held captive by the
National Education Association, one of the most far-left unions in the
United States. Most of the politicians, right and left, know that they
could facilitate a better education for the poorest members of our
society by embracing school vouchers.
jury is not out. School vouchers work. It’s happening today in
Wisconsin and in other isolated locations across the country. Thanks to
school vouchers, thousands of students who live in the poorest areas of
Wisconsin are going to great schools thanks to the school voucher system
in place. Many of these schools are like St. Marcus, which not only
provides a top-flight education, but also the kind of moral and ethical
guidance that will help their students become solid members of society.
It took a left-right coalition of truly caring political leaders to
secure school vouchers in Wisconsin. Together they created a better
system for the underprivileged students in their state.
why isn’t this successful system spreading like wildfire across the
nation? There is one reason, and only one reason—the opposition of the
most powerful union in America—the National Education Association.
union wields massive power and control over the policies of the
Democratic Party, making the politicians kneel at their altar. While Ted
Kennedy, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lament the plight
of poor Americans, especially black Americans, the truth is that they
are the ones primarily responsible for holding back poor Americans. They
are restraining them from realizing the American dream because they are
captives of the NEA.
Almost no one
would disagree that the key to getting out of poverty is education. The
fact is that quality education for a large portion of our society is
within our grasp—almost. If only those who pride themselves as being
champions of the poor would put their politics aside and bring quality
education to the inner cities and poor rural areas through school
This is a tragedy that need not happen. We have the solution at hand. All that is needed now is political courage.