The Trouble With School Choice
The graphic above comes from The Center for New York City Affairs' school choice report. It's a simple outline of how to navigate New York's school choice system. Only it's not that simple. Which means that it's biased toward parents with the time, inclination and ability to dive headfirst in the bureaucracy in behalf of their children.
That's a great thing for those children. But it does get to one of the problems with school choice, which is that the maximum benefits accrue to kids who are already advantaged by involved families (or, in rare cases, guidance counselors). Now, it's not the worst thing in the world for "school choice" programs to implicitly favor kids with very involved and educationally oriented parents, but it's also not enough. School choice isn't supposed to simply amplify the benefits that kids from good homes already have.
For that reason, the final bullet point of the report is pretty important. "Default schools" -- the schools where kids who aren't picked up by the school choice process go -- need heavy and serious support. And that's not always easy. There's a tendency to focus on schools that have the potential for excellence. That's important to do. Kids need opportunities to excel. But it's similarly crucial not to leave behind the schools with little potential for excellence. Those, after all, are where the children will need the most help, and where we can't rely on their parents to give it.
(Via Dana Goldstein.)
June 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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