School choice: Good for students, good for America

Armstrong Williams | 3/20/2014, 1:46 p.m.
The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.
Armstrong Williams

The majority of politicians on the left, including President Barack Obama, have given into the power of unions. The president and majority leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, refuse to bring up school voucher legislation in Congress. Republicans continue to introduce school choice legislation, but no progress is made. Last month, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina introduced a bill that would provide $11 billion in federal funding to low-income families for vouchers to attend a private school. Many of these low-income families are of color and live in dangerous inner cities, but it would seem that politics is once again coming before our children’s education. The chance of this legislation passing is a long shot.

But the status quo cannot last forever. America’s current education system is based on a top-down one-size-fits-all government approach, but it doesn’t have to stay this way. America’s children are blessed with a variety of gifts and skills. The government doesn’t know your child like you do. Parents, not government, understand the strengths and weaknesses of their children and how best they learn and grow. School choice is a fair and simple way to begin allowing the parent to make the decision of how best to educate their child. After all, God has given parents the primary responsibility of educating their children.

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