ERIC Number: ED396365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Nine Lies about School Choice: Answering the Critics.
This document presents arguments to counter nine criticisms, or "lies," most frequently leveled at school choice. The criticisms include the following: (1) the undermining America argument: Choice will destroy the American public school tradition; (2) the creaming argument: Choice will leave the poor behind in the worst schools; (3) the incompetent parent argument: Parents will not be capable of choosing the right school for their child; (4) the nonacademic parental neglect argument: Parents will use the wrong criteria to choose schools for their children; (5) the selectivity issue: Private schools are exclusive and there will be insufficient help for students with special needs; (6) the radical schools scare: Extremists will form schools; (7) the church-state problem: Choice is unconstitutional; (8) the public accountability argument: Private schools are not sufficiently regulated; and (9) the choice-is-expensive argument: There are high hidden costs associated with school choice. (Includes 52 footnotes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Reform, Washington, DC.