You have to shake your head. What's up with the Times?
I'm pretty sure this guy isn't about throwing off the chains of public school education but more about vouchers. That he cloaks his rhetoric in the "it's for the kids" school of thought doesn't make it any better. (Note: like charters, we did vote on vouchers previously and again, the answer was no.)
So here’s a crazy idea that just might set the stage for real innovation
to happen — a deep change to unleash the creative flow of new thinking
and practices. What if we abolished our compulsory school attendance
laws, let public schools partner with families and communities to define
their own educational programs, and allowed families to choose the kind
of education that best fit the needs of their child?
What would education without compulsory attendance look like? I can
imagine a plethora of innovative programs: part-time schools; programs
focused on specific skills, interests and themes; programs integrated
with other community organizations; new public resources available for
self-directed use. The sky is the limit.
Yes, and a pony for each kid as well.
This sounds a lot like what Mitt Romney wants to do with Medicare - give old people a check and let them figure it out. Do parents and elders really have the time and knowledge to reinvent everything to suit their needs?
I just went through a years-long process of figuring out how to care for my elderly mother (long-distance) and it was a humbling experience. It is complicated and worrying and you almost never know if you got it right.
And every single parent should be doing this for their child? There's a reason we have public education.