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Should a voucher system be used to introduce choice and competition between schools?

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Started: 9/12/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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A voucher system is an alternative method of funding education. Instead of tax

revenue being distributed to state-run schools, parents are issued directly with

vouchers, which can be spent on education in any school, privately or publicly run.

Schools therefore compete for pupils and the funds that come with them. Such a

scheme was originally put forward by Milton Friedman in the 1950s and now

systems of voucher funding are in place in several American states and European

municipalities. The idea was also briefly the basis for a reform of UK nursery

funding. It has influenced the charter school movement in the USA and academies

in the UK, but properly, an education voucher scheme should allow the parents to

spend state funding on private education if they wish.

The debate asks what role the state should play in the education system. Should

parents have more choice over where their children are educated? Or should state

funds remain under state control?

First round for acceptance and preliminary statements.


Vermont has had a voucher system since 1869.
Milton Friedman was an economist, not an educator.
Overall, 50.2 percent of Americans now oppose voucher programs; only 42 percent support them.
Debate Round No. 1


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Too bad my opponent was banned before the debate even began.
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The voucher system takes money away from public schools which are already suffering from drastic cuts.
The State has no control over the teachers, educational curriculum or treatment of students at private schools.
Many private schools are religious. This violates Separation of Church and State.
In some Southern states during the 1960s, school vouchers were used as a method of perpetuating segregation. In a few instances, public schools were closed outright and vouchers were issued to parents. The vouchers, in many cases, were only good at privately segregated schools, known as segregation academies (from
Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by InfraRedEd 6 years ago
I win!
Posted by MassDebater255 6 years ago
MassDebator255 has been banned.
Posted by F-16_Fighting_Falcon 6 years ago
I really wish I could argue the Pro side.
Posted by brian_eggleston 6 years ago
I might take it. I would have already but I presume Pro is discussing the American school system which I don't know much about.
Posted by BangBang-Coconut 6 years ago
You know what? this was the debate topic I had at camp!
I know a lot about this resolution, so if no-one else accepts in a day or so I'll take it.
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