A Voucher System is More Efficient For Diverse States
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It is particularly challenging for NYC's public school system to perform well because of the extremely diverse student body. Different students with different interests require different teaching methods, support methods, and extracurricular activities to become successful students.
Unfortunately, when a student is in seventh grade and eighth grade, about 12 years old, the typical age when students look at high schools in NYC, he or she is not extremely interested in the high school search. On average, the prospective student will not research the high school to learn about its graduation rates, average test scores, college placements, and other important factors.
If education systems with diverse student bodies were to adapt a voucher system, many of the current dilemmas that immediately suppress the schools and their bodies would vanish.
Firstly, in a voucher system, high schools would immediately begin to strongly market themselves to prospective students. High schools would advertise the aforementioned factors, along with its curriculum, its extracurricular opportunities, potential research opportunities, etc.
Different high schools would appeal to a different type of student, such as a logical student, a creative student, an athletic student, etc. These schools would be able to hire the very best teachers that they can to provide the best learning environment for their students because they have been able to enroll a group of students that are interested in similar subjects, yet have unique qualities that enable a colorful student body.
Public schools would also be much easier to start. For example, a graduate could start his or her own school if he or she wanted to; however, he or she will have to follow fundamental rules and regulations set forth by the education system to get accredited.
However, immediately, the education system would see several schools fail simultaneously, and that's good. Failing schools should fail. The good teachers leaving these failed schools could then work at successful high schools.
Another question that may arise is if no high school accepts a child. To explain this, let's look at cars. In the auto industry, there are several categories of vehicles, but for the sake of simplicity, let's categorize them in three ways: low-end, mid-end, and high-end. All consumers want, and may need, a car to transport them to work, school, and other miscellaneous events and activities. However, not everyone can afford Porsche do accomplish these tasks, so they buy a mid-end or a low-end car, such as a Chevy. Now, what's the most competitive tier for cars? While there is an ample amount of competition for the high-end cars, there is an overwhelming amount of competition for the mid-end and low-end tiers for cars. Today, even the high-end car companies are trying to appeal to the mid-end and low-end tiers. You will see a similar pattern in education. While the high-end public schools will continue to be competitive to get a student to submit an application, the most competitive schools would be the low-end and mid-end schools.
The fundamental difference between a private school and a public school in this system is that a private school can charge more money if it wishes, while a public school cannot raise tuition; it can only accept the voucher as payment.
The public education system is set up to give a free and equal opportunity of education, a more athletic minded or civic minded student shouldn't be made to go to different schools solely on that.
Failing schools shouldn't fail, they should prosper. They should be looked into and corrected from the inside, if we just let everything fail than the prosperous schools would begin to fail due to overcrowding. A school doesn't fail by itself.
Public schools were set up so everyone could be given the chance to be that Porsche and not the Chevy, so why when high school comes along should they be made to compete to show if they're a Porsche or a Chevy.
I once watched a documentary along the lines of this; not everyone who is intelligent or good at a certain aspect (sports, giving back to the community, arts) might have high test scores or be prospering at the time they enter high school. In this documentary there were many teenagers who had to stay home and take care of their siblings instead of going to high school every day like they should have. And this documentary took place in NYC.
The voucher system would (I assume) look into such things as test scores, attendance, sports records, art portfolios. What of the young teens who hadn't had the opportunity to do this or didn't do well at these for some unknown reason? They wouldn't get to be a Porsche no matter how much talent they had and would be forced to go to a lesser high school because of this voucher system.
Another thing is that a student body needs diversity, it needs conflict to survive. To sustain itself there needs to be different topics of interest. The voucher system sounds like a washed up idea of making private school free.
How do you expect prosperous schools to ever prosper if you're moving all the teachers who could change the failing schools to schools already prospering?
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