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Warren Hocks Nativist Talking Points in Anti-School Choice Rant

December 12, 2019 in Economics

By Corey A. DeAngelis, Alex Nowrasteh

Corey A. DeAngelis and Alex Nowrasteh

The country’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, just released a series of interviews with some of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates. In her interview, Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed her radical anti-choice education plan by bragging about blocking an effort to expand access to public charter schools in her home state of Massachusetts. She imed “no one should be doing for-profit charters anywhere in America.”

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But then she took her argument against school choice a step further. Warren told Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the NEA, that her message to parents is: “If you think your public school is not working, then go help your public school.” She urged parents to “help get more resources” for schools, to get “support” for school staff, and “push” for new school buildings when old ones are decaying. 

Many parents send their children to public schools because they don’t have the time or skills to teach them by themselves and cannot afford private schools. In addition to working, paying taxes to support the schools, raising children, and running their households, Sen. Warren apparently wants parents to fix public schools in their spare time too.

The Massachusetts senator implies that failing public schools are the fault of the families assigned to the schools, and therefore parents and their children are stuck with them. But if a grocery store gave you rotten produce every week, would Warren tell you that you could not go to a different store because it was your responsibility to make the grocery store and its produce better? The obvious solution would be for you to choose another grocery store. The store with the rotten produce would have a real incentive to improve or perhaps be forced out of business.

How about we give schools, and all of the school administrators paid by taxpayers, the incentive to fix themselves by giving parents the choice to move their kids to the schools of their choice?

After all, Sen. Warren took her son Alex out of public schools and enrolled him in private schools. As a working mom, she didn’t sacrifice the quality of her son’s education in a fruitless attempt to increase the quality of government schools. As New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait correctly  noted, “Warren is placing the entire responsibility …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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