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Roland Martin: Want to End the ‘Death Match’ Debate Over School Choice? Accept That There Is More Than One Way to Educate Our Children
Let me just get right to the point: I am sick and tired of this silly, pathetic, and nonsensical debate when it comes to whether charter schools or school choice should exist.
Pick an argument against this. Take your time. I’ve heard every single one of them. And all of them are utterly irrelevant.
The only issue that matters to me when it comes to education in America is whether our kids are learning. It really is that simple.
For far too long, we have operated as if public education can only be delivered one way. I categorically reject that idea because there is nothing in our society that is delivered one way. Packages, health care, college education, air travel, rental car companies; we have choice.
But this debate has evolved into a death match. You’ve got folks on one side that despise teachers unions and don’t like their role in liberal politics. On the other side, you’ve got folks who despise rich folks for advancing ed reform and accuse them of privatization. There are grassroots people who don’t want to be treated like children and desire to be in control of their own destiny. There are the politicians and policymakers who are often quick to pile on rules on top of rules thinking that is the answer. The noise become so loud and chaotic that most folks just tune all of it out and say, “I’m done. Y’all figure this out.”
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