It’s kind of bizarre to think that we have a “choice between coercion and choice” which is an oxymoron, but technically we do have it:
In a just world, we would never need to waste a minute discussing this, except with our young children, or in elementary school history classes, but see if you can guess which will outperform; a Soviet-style, government-run monopoly or a free market (our current public school system or school choice)?
Walter E. Williams of course nails it as usual. The video, done by Stossel and 20/20, is excellent also. I especially liked the “rubber room” concept they have in New York, as it upholds everything I’ve ever said about our socialist education system (I do have to hand it to them as I’ve often said we’d be better off paying certain public workers to stay away from the job, and here we find that they’re doing exactly that).
Our current system really is anti-American, anti-choice, and anti-success, and it needs to be scrapped as soon as possible. The best teachers and administrators will form their own, better schools virtually overnight. The worst ones? They can always pick fruit for a living.