Dems, Republicans have switched on vouchers

“The Republicans’ talk about giving parents the right to choose is a politically expedient strategy,” writes Jack Jennings, founder of the Center on Education Policy,  in the Huffington Post. “Just beneath the surface of the education rhetoric are political motivations to thwart integration, weaken the Democratic coalition, and cripple the teachers’ unions.”

Know your history, responds Doug Tuthill on redefinED. Both Democrats and Republicans have switched on private school choice over the years.

Democrats George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey both ran for president on platforms supporting tuition tax credits for private schools, and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., was the U.S. Senate’s leading advocate for giving parents public funding to attend private schools. The Democratic Party reversed its support of public funding for private school choice in the late 1970s – as a political payback to the National Education Association for giving Jimmy Carter its first ever presidential endorsement.

Via Greg Forster.

This is’t a right-left issue: Black Democrats in big cities often support vouchers, while suburban Republicans do not.

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  1. I don’t know any families who are against integration; wishing to separate their kids from kids of other races, ethnicities or religions. However,almost all of the families I have known (including all of the black ones) do wish to separate themselves and their kids from the crime and dysfunction associated with the inner cities and do not wish to see the problems moved into safe suburban communities. I am aware that the PC view is that the “diverse” kids will acquire the attitudes and behavior of their new classmates, but the converse is equally likely; I have seen it in action. The old adage about a few bad apples spoiling the whole barrel is based on human experience.

    • Genevieve says:

      I agree with you somewhat. I do think that many parents that live in wealthier areas (and have always lived in wealthier areas) equate race, ethnicity and certain neighborhoods with poverty and dysfunction. Wealthy suburban schools are the default for many families. Very few families examine whether schools that are more diverse(especially economically) offer a quality education.

  2. cranberry says:

    I must be dim this afternoon. We should expect political parties to be apolitical?

    I think politicians get into trouble when they DON’T adopt politically expedient strategies. “Of the people, by the people, and for the people,” etc.