Sunday, September 05, 2004

School Vouchers Are Socialism?

Yes, argues Paul Blair. Using national health insurance as a parallel example, he argues that teachers’ unions would dominate private schools under a voucher system. “Education vouchers mean a shift from having most schools operate under socialism, to having all schools do so. This is not progress.” He is also concerned about religious freedom, arguing that people can then spend their money on supporting views they agree with and vouchers amount to state subsidies for religious education.

Ain’t convinced. What Blair fails to mention is that private and parochial schools have the option to take or not take voucher students, and students have the option to attend a public, private, or parochial school. What about the individual right of a parent to send his or her child to a school of his or her (not the government’s) choice?

Also, the First Amendment actually says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." It says nothing about state or local government. The 10th Amendment (federalism clause) says any power not specifically given to the feds flows to the states and to the people. We say: let the market decide. Looking at black support for school prayer (79%), the vast majority of black parents would send their child to parochial schools if given the choice. Not the godless government schools that undermine black culture, that Darrius and Shaniqua are now forced to attend.

If folks of any race don’t want to send their child to a parochial school, they can send them to a public or secular private school. That's what free exercise of religion looks like.


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