Federal Education Policy is a failure
There are some good schools in California, but they are hard to find. The grammer school that my child would attend is awful. Our only choice was to either move or private school. We chose the latter. I remember my father, a supporter of Ronald Reagan, explaining the idea of the School Voucher program. The construct for the voucher idea was pretty simple. The federal allocation for student education would be placed into the discretionary hands of the parents. Had Reagan been successful, my parents would have been able to off set boarding school fees with the voucher. Unfortunately, our local school got the money even though I did not attend. That is what is happening today in our public schools.
Strangely, higher education is different. The federal government doles out funding and student loans to both public and private schools. Why?
Why are public and private schools treated differently for grades k-12 than they are for college? It is incongruent. Moreover, I think that the Federal Government policy is being taken advantage of by private Universities.
Most private colleges and universities charge around $40,000 per year. They do this because the federal government provides so much support for higher education. If they cut off the support, I guarantee that the price would go down. Our federal government now holds over 1 Trillion in student loan debt.
I would like to see the voucher program resurface. It will force teachers to deliver excellence rather than live under the shield of the teachers union. Private schools do not have a teachers union, they get paid less, and they deliver better results. Fund the voucher program by eliminating federal loan support for private colleges and universities.
Like healthcare, the US education system is broken. The costs are higher than other developed countries, but the outcomes are lower. It sickens me. If you agree - post a link to this article on your facebook page or twitter page. Perhaps in some small way we can heighten awareness of this important issue that is being totally ignored by our incompetent, bureaucratic federal government.
If you are not angry enough, visit the Department of Education website - read an article about Student Loan Forgiveness. Apparently we are in such great financial shape that we can forgive the loans.