Betsy Devos The secretary of education is a supporter of the theories of a voucher system. Betsy Devos has highly encouraged states to adopt the voucher system as she argues that voucher programs offer parents an alternative to low-income and lower performing public schools. According to the huffington post, Devos has cut over 9 billion dollars in public education.
As a person who has long lived in poverty and just recently navigating my way into the middle class of people it is extremely alarming. It seems that this voucher system creates such a major gap in opportunities and achievement. What about the people that decide to go to public schools or don’t receive a voucher from the government? Who will be receiving these vouchers? What is the difference in education from these for profit charter schools and these underperforming public schools? These are some of the many concerns I have about this growing voucher system. Generally a voucher system is a certificate of government funding for a student whether its for a term semester or a full school year. The first voucher program was developed in 1991 in Milwaukee, WI.
It was primary design was to provide low-income families better school options for their children. Since then it has grown across the country to over 14 states where it may or may not exist based on state laws and local laws around a particular city or school district. For-profit charter schools and private schools often times recieve the better half of teachers in this country along with private funding that elevates them beyond what public schools can provide. There are many differences between public and private schools that oftentimes create this self inflicted gap in education you either get great education or you don’t. If you are fortunate enough to receive one of these vouchers from the government or be financially stable enough to pay for these growing rates of private school tuition then your child is often times going to receive a career driven education that will greatly give him an advantage over a student that is put into a rote learning environment where they are not critically thinking and forming educated opinions about what’s going on around them. Often times the gap is deeper than just financial capabilities it oftentimes is through race and the color of your skin but that is not the crux of this essay.
I believe the best way to create a positive reform in our education system is to provide every school with the proper budget to allow schools and school districts to elevate their level of education to provide every student white, black, yellow, or green to be given the same opportunities in a career driven curriculums. There is such a difference the type of material that is being taught in different types of schools that it naturally creates social divide. What’s stopping the elite class of people handing out these school vouchers to there own, and not a poor african american child in the ghetto from getting a voucher? Overall we need to establish an equal education system through positive reform and create career driven education and curriculum for every man women and child that stands on this great country. Discard racism and unjust treatment of minorities allow everyone become something of themselves.