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  •  I wouldn't say "coincidence" (1+ / 0-)
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    But it's not some kind of sinister plot, either.

    And putting "school choice" in scare quotes is exactly the kind of presumption of bad faith that I'm talking about.  I personally hated traditional school, am grateful for the school that I attended, and think everybody ought to have the same opportunity.

    •  Let me clarify by saying (0+ / 0-)

      I support school choice and reform, but within the existing public school structure, through magnet schools, etc.  I think arbitrarily assigning students to a school based on where they live is silly and outdated, and perhaps we can work to change this and instead create schools more to fit students' needs.  Interested in science?  There's a school for that.  Interested in working on cars?  There's a school for that, too.

      But much of what the right wing does or wants to do is not done in good faith.  Again, look into some of the problems with private prisons and defense contractors.  They're not doing the job any better than the government would, and in many cases are doing it worse, but now some corporation is allowed to get tax dollars to do what the government used to do.  This is what they want to do with education as well.  Unfortunately some do-gooders on the left have bought into this line of thought because they really DO want to increase educational opportunities for our children.

      28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:41:28 PM PDT

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