Educational choice: Where policy meets progress
By ROBERT AERY
Our geographically based public education system is deeply ingrained in American culture. Even prior to the rise of public school systems in America, community schools outside of the home were necessarily only available to those within geographic reach. In modern America, geography plays a role in everything from football to funding in our educational system. Most regrettably, however, a child’s location all too often determines their quality of education, as well.
Over the past few centuries, America has led the world in a technological renaissance in which the quality and duration of lives can be increased and the ability to communicate and distribute information can be accomplished in seemingly unlimited methods. These advancements could not have occurred without our country’s unique spirit of entrepreneurship and free-market economy.
However, many of our most prominent advances in science, economics and technology have also come in part due to breakthroughs in academic research or as a result of education at one of America’s great institutions. Yet, despite all of the endless examples of humanity’s progress due to education, government has needlessly fallen behind in ensuring that future generations will be able to make their own mark in history or simply equipping them with the tools needed to pursue their own American dream.