ERIC Number: ED454311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Lies and Distortions: The Campaign against School Vouchers.
Fuller, Howard; Caire, Kaleem
This report suggests that organized opponents of tax-supported school vouchers purposely issue inaccurate statements about parental school choice, suggesting that their widespread efforts seriously contaminate discussion of this policy issue. Section one suggests that a "big lie" strategy is being used by organized school voucher opponents, defining it as the intentional, repetitive issuance of inaccurate claims long after evidence shows them to be untruths, partial truths, and distortions. Section two describes uncritical media reporting of hyperbolic claims that expanding parent options through more school choice poses a threat to basic American institutions. Section three presents a case study of how poor reporting and editorial decisions by the New York Times have misled the general public about school choice research. The paper concludes by looking at the consequences of deception. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Mass Media Effects, Parent Participation, Private Schools, Public Opinion, School Choice
Marquette University, Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Office of Research, 2025 North Summit Avenue, Suite 101, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Tel: 414-765-0691; Fax: 414-765-1271; Web site: http://www.schoolchoiceinfo.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI. Institute for the Transformation of Learning.