Do The Poor Deserve Bad Schools
Is it a bad thing for people who have money to give some of it away so that poor children can attend private and perhaps better schools?
The answer to that is no, it is not a bad thing. I believe that the poor and minority children everywhere deserve more. They deserve more than charity for the few. They deserve – as children in rich neighborhoods have come to expect – the best public schools.
The accepted wisdom is that private schools serve the privileged; everyone else, especially the poor, requires public school. The poor, so this logic goes, need government assistance if they are to get a good education, which helps explain why, in the United States, many school choice enthusiasts believe that the only way the poor can get the education they deserve is through vouchers or charter schools, proxies for those better private or independent schools, paid for with public funds.
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