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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Parents want choices

Parents want education options, concludes Never Going Back, based on a Mary 22 Harris Poll for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Ninety three percent of parents said "one size doesn't fit all" in education, and 86 percent want choices other than their assigned district school.

The pandemic forced parents to pay more attention to their children's education: 78 percent became more involved as a result, especially lower-income and non-white parents.

Eighty-three percent said that education has become a more important political issue to them than it was in the past, and 82 percent would be willing to vote outside their political party based on the candidate’s education platform. Of those surveyed, 35 percent were Democrats, 35 percent independents and 30 percent Republican.

More than one in four have tried a different school type to meet their children's needs.

Homeschooling was the most popular choice for school switchers, especially for lower-income families. Charter schools are in second place. High percentages of switchers said it was a positive change: 57 percent said their child is happier.

Black families are much more likely to homeschool now than before the pandemic.

Only 35 percent of parents are "highly satisfied" with the quality of their children’s education in public district schools, compared to 74 percent whose children who attend private schools and 72 percent of homeschoolers, the survey found.

Black and Hispanic parents appear particularly frustrated with their local schooling options and eager for more choices.

Seventy-seven percent of parents said safety was absolutely essential when it comes to their child's education. By contrast, only 58 percent of parents cited quality of instruction as absolutely essential and 41 percent cited individualized support for their child's needs.

Seventy-four percent of parents would consider a charter school, if one were available in their area, and 84 percent said charters should be available.

Charter parents were more likely to say they value "culturally affirming" environments for their child, perhaps because nearly 70 percent are Black or Hispanic.

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Aug 27, 2022

It's the diversity that makes school choice so much more critical now.

"In all areas of mixed nationality, the school is a political prize of the highest importance. It cannot be deprived of its political character as long as it remains a public and compulsory institution. There is, in fact, only one solution: the state, the government, the laws must not in any way concern themselves with schooling or education. Public funds must not be used for such purposes. The rearing and instruction of youth must be left entirely to parents and to private associations and institutions." --Mises, Ludwig von (1927). Liberalism

Of course, if schools still tried to teach students how to write well, how to reason well, how…


Aug 26, 2022

<i> Homeschooling was the most popular choice for school switchers, especially for lower-income families. </I>

No lottery. No transportation issues. No compromise on curriculum. No worries about violating food allergy instructions.

Then, there's those lightbulb moments. Those glorious miracles when the adult can just SEE a kid's brain slot a new idea in. The lesson, maybe taught three or four times in three or four ways, finally sinks in with an almost audible "click" and the breath pauses and the eyebrows go up and a grin spreads ...

There's a reason professional teachers love the job, and it isn't the money.


Aug 26, 2022

But what percent of parents are willing to go through the application/wait list/gamemanship/obsession that the parents on NYC had to go through to get their children into the "good schools."

The U.S, had choice at the college level. How many families and students are really happy with how college application, acceptance, enrollment, works. Will it work better at the kindergarten level?

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