Private school is not just for rich kids; why the choice of school is good – Le Crieur de Saint Anselme
Several states in the country have set up their school system so that two factors determine the quality of education: zip code and income. I venture to ask why should we allow these two arbitrary factors to impact a child’s upbringing? Aren’t children entitled to a fair and solid education in the United States? This is why we have public schools, but these public schools can vary in quality depending on funding, consistency of faculty or staff, course offerings, and population. For this reason, some students may have great memories of receiving an excellent education in a school system, while other students may have to deal with teachers who are generally unavailable to speak personally, through no fault of their own, and may also be bullied. I’m not saying all public schools are terrible. I was quite happy with my Tennessee public elementary, middle, and high schools that I attended while my mom and sister could study psychology at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. They were my form back then. However, I argue that to help parents facing financial constraints, it is only fair for the state to offer funding for their child’s education if they choose to attend a non-traditional public school.
School choice has been implemented in a variety of ways. New Hampshire, for example, defended school choice. The Department of Education currently offers Academic Freedom Accounts. Parents with incomes up to three times the poverty line or below can apply to receive state funding for their child’s education from kindergarten through senior high school. Currently, US news ranks New Hamp-
shire among the top four states for K-12 education. In Granite State, students can attend traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, parochial schools, or be homeschooled. The State will nevertheless support the decision.
There are a few counter-arguments to be made against the choice of school. Some say it cuts funding for public schools and hurts teachers. Shifting state funding to children attending alternative schools creates the risk of reducing teacher salaries. Currently, the determination of teacher salaries is a process left to school districts. Often it is negotiated with the teacher who plans to work in the
district. Unless the district decides to punish teachers for successful school choice, this should not be considered a threat. In addition to this, government management of education should look to the future, which is in our children. Usually teachers choose to teach because they see the merit of their work for children. Many will thrive in the public school system, but that does not mean that all will thrive. Another objection is that it would undermine the separation of church and state, as the money would be directed to
religious schools. Does this mean that if a hurricane hit New Hampshire and destroyed a large
sale of buildings, which FEMA and the state could not help to help religious institutions whose
properties were destroyed in this natural disaster? The separation of Church and State is carried out for the good of the people and their religions, and not for the good of the State. Many bigoted decisions, such as the Blaine Amendment enacted in several state constitutions that prohibited state funding of religion-affiliated institutions, were made in the name of separation of church and religion. state, especially in the then anti-Catholic south. Imagine how many innocent people this hurt and how many opportunities were lost.
After going through the application process and finding financial aid, I started school at Bishop Brady High School in the second term on November 1, 2017. To this day, I am grateful that I made that decision. Because I went to a private Catholic school, I found a community where I could begin to learn what it meant to be Catholic. It was through this school that I discovered Saint Anselme College. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without Bishop Brady. I’m so lucky that my mother was able to take the cross of paying for a private education, but I hope those less able will have similar opportunities to make life easier for their children, through school choice. . That’s how much of a difference it could make in a student’s life.