Conservatives and Libertarians for Education Socialism, by Laurence M. Vance

Forget vouchers, the state shouldn’t have any involvement with education. From Laurence M. Vance at lewrockwell.com:

Last week was National School Choice Week (NSCW). It was sad to hear conservatives, along with some libertarians, expresses support for the idea that some Americans should have the choice of where to spend other Americans’ money to educate their children.

Since 2011, NSCW has been celebrated the last week in January. NSCW “features tens of thousands of events and activities each January, which are independently planned by schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals.” However, due to the Covid-19 “pandemic,” January celebrations focused “on projects and activities, not in-person events.”

According to the NSCW website:

School choice means giving parents access to the best K-12 education options for their children.

We celebrate all types of K-12 options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. NSCW does not preference one type of education option over another. We trust parents to make the best choices for their individual children.

Started in 2011, NSCW has grown into the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education. The Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. We welcome all Americans to get involved and to have their voices heard!

In the early days of the “school choice” movement, conservatives and libertarians justified their support of vouchers by saying that it was a “gradual” way to achieve the goal of educational freedom. Now this is never even mentioned. What we hear instead from voucher proponents is how vouchers will improve the state’s public-school system through “choice” and “competition.”

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