School Choice

Pandemic Disagreements Fuel Exodus From Public Schools

One-size-fits-some policies drive parents and students to seek better education options.

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On Monday, many California classrooms were sparsely filled as students walked out to protest against the state's vaccine mandate. Still at their desks were a majority of kids whose families either disagreed with protesters or were indifferent to the issue. It was a timely illustration of how simmering tensions over one-size-fits-some public schools have come to a head during the pandemic, leaving students and parents alienated from government-run institutions and looking for something more to their taste.

"School districts in Shasta County reported high numbers of student absences on Monday, after walkout organizers called for students, staff and teachers to stay away from school to protest staff COVID-19 vaccine mandates that went into effect on Friday," reported the Record Searchlight. "While all Enterprise Elementary School District schools were in session on Monday, 45% of the student body was absent, District Superintendent Heather Armelino said."

"Thousands of parents, students and teachers walked out of school and onto the California State Capitol lawn in Sacramento, all in protest of the state vaccine mandate," added Sacramento's CBS13.

This wasn't the first time that pandemic policy spurred dissatisfaction with public schools. Since the appearance of COVID-19, parents and students have argued with teachers, administrators, and one another about remote learning, in-person attendance, social distancing, mask requirements, and now mandatory vaccination. The result is conflict, and many families giving up on traditional public schools.

"Before the 2020-21 school year, educators, policymakers, and parents confronted the stark and uncertain trade-offs implied by the health, educational, and economic consequences of offering instruction remotely, in person, or through a hybrid of the two," note Stanford University researchers in a working paper released in August through the National Bureau of Economic Research. "We find offering remote-only instead of in-person instruction reduced enrollment by 1.1 percentage points."

Dissatisfaction with remote classes isn't the only factor. The cumulative effect of unhappiness with what public schools offer added up to an unprecedented 3 percent enrollment drop last year according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

"The decreases were widespread and affected almost every single state and every region of the country," commented NCES Acting Commissioner Peggy Carr. "Some states saw enrollment declines by 4 to 5 percent. The data are preliminary but concerning."

The enrollment decline continues with this school year. Los Angeles public schools report a 6 percent plunge in enrollment—larger than the 4 percent seen last year. Hawaii's public school enrollment is down 1.7 percent this year. The slide in the ranks of Wisconsin public school students is meager by comparison, at only 0.5 percent.

Not every public school is seeing a rush for the exits. In Arizona, where education options were well-established long before the pandemic, enrollment actually increased by 3.5 percent for 2021-2022. But the trend around the country indicates a steady trickle away from traditional district schools.

Where are the kids going?

"The increase in independent charter school enrollment was 10 times last year's increase — 15.6 percent, compared to a 1.6 percent increase the year before," reports Wisconsin Public Radio, which contrasts such growth with the attrition at traditional public schools. "Wisconsin has four private school parental choice programs, which reported a 6.6 percent increase from September 2020 to September 2021, compared to a 5.9 percent increase from 2019 to 2020."

Nationally, it's too early to have a good handle on how kids are learning, but the numbers from last year are telling. Tax-funded but privately managed charter schools enjoyed a 7 percent increase in enrollment, reports the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. As for private schools,"70 percent of independent schools experienced increases in enrollment or level enrollments during the pandemic recession," according to data that surprised researchers who expected families to be less willing to pay private school tuition during hard economic times. And the ranks of homeschoolers more than tripled to 11.1 percent of students during the last school year, finds the Census Bureau.

Not that everyone abandoning public schools wants the same thing. "Homeschooling increased more where schools provided in-person instruction while private schooling increased more where instruction was remote," note University of Michigan researchers. "These divergent patterns highlight how either learning modality was likely to motivate a shift of substantial numbers of would-be public sector students to alternative educational sectors."

The most recent monthly polling data from EdChoice supports the idea that families have widely varying preferences. About 72 percent of respondents want schools to provide multiple learning options. Relevant to the California protests are deep divisions over vaccine mandates, with 39 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed for students over 12, and 31 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed for students ages 5-11. Mask mandates draw more support, but still substantial opposition. That means schools with uniform policies are bound to alienate many of the students and parents they serve.

But the same could be said of other controversies, including debates over curriculum which have also come to a head, testing, disciplinary policy, and other matters. These disagreements fueled support for education options even before pandemic policy dramatically eroded the standing of the education establishment. Families are spared the aggravation of battling politicians, administrators, teachers, and each other when they can pick options that work for them. No wonder EdChoice's polling consistently finds higher levels of satisfaction among parents with kids educated in charter schools, in private schools, or at home than among those using district schools.

The catch is that everybody must pay the price for district public schools, whether or not they want to use them; the cost of alternatives is additional. That's a high hurdle, making it remarkable that so many families choose private schools, charters, and homeschooling anyway. That more want access to options for themselves and others is clear from the high and growing support for school choice that lets funding follow students, instead of being dedicated to government institutions.

Parents and students protesting public school policies now will likely be much happier in the future when they've left not just those policies, but also the schools, behind.

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  1. "Still at their desks were a majority of kids whose families either disagreed with protesters or were indifferent to the issue."

    There are plenty of families, I'm sure, who don't approve of the mandates but suffer them anyway for various reasons--just like they suffer everything else they don't like about the way their schools are run. A disproportionate number of those parents are probably on the low end of the economic scale, and they may be desperate for child care. It would be interesting to see if the parents of younger kids in lower grades are more likely to want in class attendance for that reason--the younger the kids are, the less likely they are to be left home alone while mom and dad go to work.

    1. I’d be surprised if that weren’t the case. Child care - not education- is the chief function of public schools (and if we’re going to be honest about it, most private schools as well).

      Small wonder that universal public schooling was pushed hardest by the guilded age industrialists, who reaped the greatest benefits of freeing women from childcare responsibilities so they could concentrate their energies in the sweat shops.

      1. Industrialists did not push for compulsory education. Child labor is far more profitable than schools. What they did do was push to reform EXISTING compulsory education to a)reduce the emphasis on the goals that actually drove schooling to become compulsory and b)increase the emphasis on regimentation and compliance. To make the process itself more 'industrial'. To build another brick in the wall.

        To the degree parents let that shit take place, it is because they don't give a shit about their own kids.

        1. You need to know how to read signs, instruction manuals, and do some math to work in a factory, and some employers used to teach their factory workers to read and do math.

          "With the growth of industry, support for public education grew, and the result was a transformation of schooling from limited provision into widespread and hierarchical educational systems (Katz, 1987).

          Precise relationships between industrialization and the rise of public education are difficult to pin down, however. If we take as our unit of analysis the long nineteenth century that stretches from the dawn of the industrial revolution to the eve of World War I, then we discern a general correspondence between the spread of industry and the rise of mass schooling."

          https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4020-6403-6_32

          1. First - the original comment talked about schools as babysitters so women could go to work.

            Second - if employers want to teach employer-specific skills then they should be paying for that - not corrupting educational goals towards simply producing free drones for them.

            Worse - schools that get corrupted by that factory model - without also being fully tied into the factory-student pipeline outcome - fail at producing drones too.

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        2. "...Child labor is far more profitable than schools..."

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          1. This on the same topic from SFist, a local news source covering San Francisco (https://sfist.com/2021/10/19/yes-sfusd-is-running-a-huge-deficit-but-so-are-others-districts-all-over-the-state/):

            ~~~~~~~~~
            "San Francisco schools have lost 3,500 students in the last two years. But look at Los Angeles, whose district lost 27,000 students in just the last year. Yes, L.A. has about triple the population of San Francisco, but their percentage of enrollment loss is substantially higher than ours.

            "The education news site Edsource points out that many other California districts are seeing plummeting enrollment. 'Districts such as Stockton and Oakland are reporting that a third or more of their students have been chronically absent in the first two months of school,' Edsource notes. 'Districts that have built daily attendance to 95% are now seeing a drop in attendance — to 91% in Long Beach and 93% in Gilroy, representing potential losses, if they continue, of millions of dollars in revenue next year.'”
            ~~~~~~~~~

            Of course those "potential losses" for the education establishment are *gains* for families who are escaping the government school plantations and finding better quality educational alternatives for their kids.

    2. We are just learning of this protest today, and as you likely know, I would have happily prepared my kids for it and supported them walking out. This is an example of the signal being squelched on Social Media and other places where I would normally learn about such things. Instead it was a chaotic mess where my kids ended up staying in school because the message they were hearing was "If you are vaccinated you are scared of COVID!" (which is a message they don't agree with.)

    3. Ken agreed, but like in the Sullum article it doesn't seem that this dissent will change the minds of those in power look at WA state this week they'd rather inflict more harm through firings (DOT, Police, Fire, etc) than admit their mandates weren't as well thought out or need adjustment to freedom of choice.

      1. To be fair, Jay Inslee is the biggest moron in a governor's mansion.

        1. That is fair lol - I tend to keep up with WA news only being 1.5 to 2 hours away.

      2. If they were thought out or based on science, facts and statistics there would be no vaccine mandates. What good does it do to vaccinate school age kids or anyone for that matter. It has already been proven vaccinated people can be infected and spread it equal to unvaccinated. The only difference is vulnerable people are more likely to survive if vaccinated. I have no preference of being infected by a vaccinated or unvaccinated person. The agenda of the mandates has nothing to do with stopping the pandemic because vaccines won't and they know it. Natural immunity has a much better chance. Keeping the virus spreading by using vaccines will keep it mutating. Natural immunity destroys the virus because your body attacks it in multiple ways instead of targeting only the spike as the vaccine does. An example of the weakness of vaccines is in Massachusetts where over 900 people were infected over the July 4th holiday and the week following with three quarters vaccinate. 4 out of 5 of those hospitalized were also vaccinated. If you work or go to school where everyone is vaccinated and three quarters are infected by a few infected vaccinated persons what have you gained?

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  3. That more want access to options for themselves and others is clear from the high and growing support for school choice that lets funding follow students, instead of being dedicated to government institutions.

    This is the key. When parents (taxpayers) get the ability to pull their money away from our public indoctrination centers schools and directly fund their child's education, things will change. Until the money truly follows the child, nothing will change.

  4. A complete exodus from public schools would be ideal. No more government-forced CRT indoctrination, eliminate the carbon pollution from school buses, a classroom size as small as one, no more public school teachers raping students and the masking/vaxxing debate goes away.

    1. "No more government-forced CRT indoctrination"

      But according to chemjeff that's the best thing about public schools.

      #RadicalIndividualistsForRacialCollectivism

      1. The trans sports team and bathroom issues also gets resolved. No more faux trans raping girls at public schools.

        1. Lots of independent schools and homeschooling groups also support trans rights, as they should. Talk of trans women raping girls is fearmongering over something that is extremely rare. Many places including San Francisco where I live have single-gender restrooms and a high trans population, yet there is no epidemic of them raping anyone in restrooms or on sports teams. Why don't you just admit you dislike trans people instead of trying to cloak that bigotry in phony concerns about crime or public safety?

          The libertarian view is that you don't *have* to like transgendered human beings, and should be free to discriminate against them in your own business or on your own property as you wish, just as others should be free to similarly discriminate against you for being a bigot.

    2. No more government-forced CRT indoctrination

      This is why they will break the system rather than allow it to be privatized. The socialists in academia have spent 75 years cultivating the youth and are currently corrupting a 4th generation of teachers.

      The Soviet sympathizers in America were playing the long game. Keep your mouth shut until you have tenure, then go all in. It is not a coincidence that 20 years after the end of WW2, college campuses went from conservative to liberal. 20 years later, they went from liberal to ultra-liberal. 20 years later they are proto-Marxist.

  5. Those parents and kids were lucky they didn’t get arrested, and I’m sure Gavin has a focus group working on the optics of that as we speak.

  6. One size fits all solutions rarely fit all or provide a solution.

    The true solution is to #1 reduce the size of the jurisdictions.
    For example if the state of california was broken up into separate states at the county level. The state of california has 58 counties, so there would be 58 new states. With each new state would be more representative to the citizens within their jurisdiction.

    There are 3071 counties in the united states of america, so there would be 3071 states in the new united states of america.

    Also #2 reduce the powers of the federal government to a common defense and essentially negotiating disagreements between the new states. Gut or eliminate all of the alphabet agencies and remove all of the federal rules and regulations.

    Obviously this will take a transition period, but in the end you could have a new states that are ultra woke, anti woke, or free of the authoritarian tendencies of the likes of joe biden and previous presidents.

    1. I think California already has something like 200 school districts. Each with it's own high paying executive board. Some counties have close to 30 districts.

  7. Again... WTF is Gov-Guns doing in *personal* education??????

    Abolish the B.O.E.; it was NEVER needed and it NEVER helped anyone. Just because a dog has never seen or has learned about color doesn't mean seeing color is a bad thing.

  8. It has been a harsh and expensive lesson, but many parents have just now been finding out exactly what their children are being taught at the schools they have entrusted their children to. They did not like what they discovered. Therefore, they are doing whatever necessary to pull their children from these indoctrination centers. The government officials' response to the pandemic may have caused a rippling effect that will do us all a favor and completely destroy the government school system.

    Community controlled school systems may be the way of the future.

    1. Community controlled school systems may be the way of the future.

      Uhhh that's what public schools are.

      1. Wrong... Clear up to the National (Nazi) U.S. B.O.E.

      2. Any school that serves members of the public is a public school. They don't have to be operated, controlled, or funded by government. Just like you can go to a privately-operated public restaurant, grocery store, church, gym, pub (a word derived from "publick house" by the way!), hardware store, or other business or non-governmental organization.

        Governments have wrongfully monopolized the word "public" for too long – it's time we returned to the traditional meaning, and recognize that anyone, not just government, can provide public services.

        There should be Separation of School and State for the same reasons there should be Separation of Church and State – it is dangerous for government to be involved in telling people what to think, especially the youngest and most impressionable members of society.

  9. "The catch is that everybody must pay the price for district public schools"

    Not true. Here in PA, only property owners pay for public schools.

    And while many/most property owners don't have children in public schools, most parents of public school children (here in Pittsburgh) don't even own property (and therefore don't pay anything for public schools).

    1. Um their landlords pay property taxes.

      1. Do the landlords charge more for families versus a single person or no kid couple living in an identical unit?

  10. anyone still living in ca either agrees with what is happening or is too stupid to see it. that state went into the shitter decades ago. if you really hate the politics there then leave.

    1. Some of us California residents realize quite well that the state is badly governed, but appreciate other things about it, such as its natural beauty and climate.

      No one should be forced to relocate from places they love due to bad governance, although of course leaving should always be an available option.

      For those who live in relatively unfree jurisdictions and aren't ready to move however, it's still good to support freedom efforts in the Free State (New Hampshire, aka The Shire) from afar.

      Free Talk Live (FreeTalkLive.com) is a terrific radio show and podcast available on over 80 stations nationwide and all manner of streaming formats. They have excellent libertarian coverage of news and activism in The Shire and beyond. Other good groups/events there include the Free State Project (FreeStateProject.org), New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLiberty.org), Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest.com), and Free Keene (FreeKeene.com).

  11. Vaccinations should be up to the individual and the firm. Employers can choose whether they require vaccinations or not. Individuals can choose whether they continue with a employer that requires vaccinations or not. Some coach quitting his job and walking about is how the system should work. But the firm can also decide of its clients should be vaccinated. No dining indoors if you're not vaccination is a perfectly valid rule. It's not of the government's (not even the Texas government's) business to dictate these rules for businesses.

    But this applies to the government itself. As a firm, a school can require it's teachers be vaccinated. It can also require its students be vaccinated. If there's an issue it's because government schools are operated by the government. The solution is separate of education and state.

    That said, I think getting vaccinated is not only a good idea, but not getting vaccinated imposes risks on others and is a negative externality. As such, it is good policy for hospitals to require vaccinations of its staff. A nurse that refuses to get vaccinated has no business being a nurse. Likewise it's good policy for schools to require teachers to be vaccinated. That this is even controversial is beyond ridiculous. And students should be vaccinated as well. Again, if there is a problem, it's with government owning the schools. Privatize all schools and the moral issue goes away.

    At the same time, all public school children have to be vaccinated for a range of diseases, and no one (but some nutters) have an issue with that. It's only this new vaccine people are freaking out over. And it's all because someone decided to make it a partisan political issue. To the protesters it's NOT about their precious bodily fluids, it's about them signalling that they're Team Red.

    1. the covid injections are not vaccines. these drugs do not meet the definition of "vaccine". they do not provide immunity, you can contract and transmit the virus after getting the injections. sounds like you've been drinking the koolaid.

      https://markoshinskie8de.substack.com/p/the-vaxx-is-a-state-sponsored-religion

      1. No vaccine provides absolute immunity. What they do is provide for an immune response, so the immune system can effectively fight off the disease. Thus "immunity" in the medical sense is not a metaphysical guarantee of absoluteness. Some people catch the flu after getting the flu vaccine. Doesn't mean it's not a vaccine. Doesn't mean it's not effective.

        Also, you're engaged in the False Dichotomy fallacy. Just because the vaccine doesn't provide absolute guaranteed certainty does NOT mean it's wholly useless.

        1. "No vaccine provides absolute immunity. "

          Attention shoppers: Would all the people with smallpox please report to the front counter.

        2. It’s not wholly useless. Just next to wholly useless. It seems that old people and lard-assed diabetics may be better off getting the shot. But to suppose that the benefits outweigh the costs for the large majority of healthy people, especially kids, is a huge leap of faith.

        3. time to mandate flu shots, amirite?

      2. Of course, they stimulate immunity, just like any other vaccine. You don't know what you are talking about.

        1. They stimulate an immune system response, but they do a remarkably poor job of it compared with traditional vaccines.

          Anyway, not everything that stimulates an immune system response can properly be called a vaccine. Cowpox stimulates an immune system response for smallpox. That does not make cowpox a vaccine.

    2. Fuck off slaver.

      Kids are required to be vaccinated for diseases that kill kids. There is no vaccine for mononucleosis, although with this new tech, there probably could be. The vaccine for HPV is voluntary. No one is suggesting kids get vaccinated for anthrax even though the risk of death would be much greater than that of COVID for kids.

      COVID does not kill kids and the vaccine does not offer more than temporary protection. It is proving to be no more effective than flu shots. Treat it like flu shots. Completely voluntary.

      Vaccinating kids to provide what has already proven to be ineffective protection to the elderly and vulnerable is evil. Full stop.

      1. Children are vaccinated not just to protect children (3000 children have died of Covid. A fraction of the 600000+ adults who have died of it, but they still died, so your assertion that Covid doesn't kill kids is bullshit), but also to prevent transmission from the children to their family.

        1. >>so your assertion that Covid doesn’t kill kids is bullshit

          underlying health factors. every time.

        2. the covid injections do NOT prevent transmission. try to keep up with current events.

          1. They reduce transmission.

            1. No, they don't do that, either. If that was the case, highly vaccinated countries wouldn't have gone through their own spike.

            2. They appear to reduce transmission somewhat for a short period of time after one gets the shot (though not as much as previously having had the virus reduces transmission), but this benefit wanes rapidly, with studies showing that after about 3 months, transmission rates appeared to be the same for vaccinated as unvaccinated people.

              So unless you plan to get a shot every few weeks – something not even currently legal in the U.S., and of dubious ethics and practicality given that viruses do not respect borders and most people in the world have not had the opportunity to get even one shot – getting vaccinated isn't very important except for those at high risk from the virus (generally speaking, the elderly and those with serious pre-existing health conditions).

        3. cdc data reports a total of 542 child deaths from covid. most of those would have likely died of other causes. apparently you're not capable of a basic data search. there is zero reason for any child to get the covid injection. zero.

        4. 3000 children have died of Covid.

          this is a lie. The CDC's own (inflated) numbers are easy to find.

    3. "...No dining indoors if you’re not vaccination is a perfectly valid rule..."

      Fuck off and die, slaver.

  12. close the conformity factories!

  13. One thing with this story of exodus, it is Shasta county they are talking about.

    Shasta, for folks who think California is all Bay Area and Hollywood, is one of the most conservative, rural places anywhere. Like, a friend's father bitched about getting electricity on his property. In the 70s. They're as "Leave me the fuck alone" as anyplace.

    Sacramento, as in the Capitol, cowtow's to the Bay Area but Sacramento the City is not quite the same. It is in the central valley, as in the region, and the valley is also a lot less leftist though the Sacramento-San Fran corridor is more infected with bay area expats every year.

    So, yeah, lots of kids will get away with ditching class for an anti-mandate protest there.

    Anyway, good for parents who are bailing on schools if they wish. Problem is, we all pay taxes for the schools regardless of whether or not we have kids in them. Wouldn't mind a few more school board recalls and greater political pressure at board election time as well.

    1. goddammit -- I autocorrect adds a ducking apostrophe where I didn't want a possessive.

  14. We're going to get a good indication of where we're headed over the next 3-4 months. At the moment, the nationwide vaccination rate has pretty much stalled out at around 65%, as workers either yeet out of the workforce entirely, are fired for not getting one specific therapeutic treatment that craps out after six months, or play chicken with their employers and daring them to fire them so that they can collect unemployment.

    We're increasingly seeing the fruits of trying to migrate from a production-based economy to a service and government-based one, as restaurants, theaters, hotels, schools, etc., struggle to fill jobs. We've imported tens of millions of immigrants the last 40 years, and not even they're stepping up anymore to fill the void of shit jobs that the globalist classes relied on them to do. No wonder Biden wanted to import all of South America's Haitian population.

    If you haven't gotten your injection yet, the chances are quite slim that you'll ever get it, much less your kids. So were looking at potential two black swan events here--anywhere from 5-20 percent of the workforce being jobless in a few months, with no possibility of return thanks to these stupid pandemic "vaccination" policies, and school funding/operations taking an absolute shit as families pull their kids out and go to homeschooling rather than give them COVID shots. I guess the teachers will at least enjoy that ultra-low 10-15:1 student ratio they've always wanted for a few months, at least until the school doesn't renew their contract because it doesn't have the money to pay them anymore.

    1. Also, this is why I banged on the drum for conservatives and libertarians to actually get involved in local school boards and planning commissions--look at the amount of anxiety it's caused to the left-liberal establishment, their mouthpieces, and their enablers (as if wanting Garland to declare these people "domestic terrorists" wasn't evidence enough):

      "Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money"

      But the political rancor that drove Pitton from office has brought in a whole new crowd of candidates for Colorado school boards — backed by a flood of cash contributions and major political endorsements, and energized by the same issues that divide voters in hotly contested state and national political races...

      While school boards are technically nonpartisan, the lines in many contests are clear.

      Teachers unions, church groups and other special interests have joined the Democratic and Republican parties in endorsing candidates. Mask and vaccine mandates, critical race theory and even the 2020 election results are among topics up for debate, according to the groups’ candidate questionnaires...

      The phenomenon echoes a nationwide trend of contentious, well-funded school board contests — mired in policy disputes around the coronavirus pandemic and the social justice movement — and comes after frequently disruptive school board meetings where community members complained about mask rules and vaccine requirements. “Saturday Night Live” even parodied a raucous school board meeting in its season-opening show earlier this month. Many of those criticizing mask and vaccine rules are parents, some of whom are stepping up to run for open board seats, seeking to repeal coronavirus rules from within.

      Never forget that these people want you broke, dead, your children raped and brainwashed, and they think it's funny.

      Kevin Vick, vice president of the Colorado Education Association, a labor union representing 39,000 educators across Colorado, has sensed escalating tensions surrounding local school board races this year, reflecting the vitriol spouted in nationally watched races.

      “We’ve certainly seen more anger and conflict in terms of people showing up at school board meetings,” Vick said. “There seems to be more conflict involved in races this year, more confrontation.”

      He has also picked up on a trend of candidates banding together to run as a slate driven by “very extremist views.”

      “They’re offering a lot of instability, a lot of disruption, a lot of extremist views toward education,” Vick said, and he fears that victories of those candidates will lead to “destructive, long-lasting effects.”.

      Remember, people like Vick are your enemies and hate everything you stand for. If what these parents and community members are doing is leading the head of the CEA to use that kind of fear-mongering language for pushing back against the left-liberal consensus, then they're doing something right.

      1. the smartest thing a parent can do is just remove themselves and their children from the game

        1. I can't think of any better rebuke of the left-liberal mafia than for the school boards to be run by people who home-school their kids.

  15. Leftist Political Indoctrination Of Children Fuel Exodus From Public Schools
    I was sure Reason would not notice political indoctrination of the nations children as they believe in that, as long as it is leftist indoctrination.
    If the right tried indoctrinating children they would be screaming authoritarianism and dictatorship!
    FJB!

    1. What gives you that idea? Reason has been against political indoctrination of students in government schools probably longer than most readers have been alive.

  16. Everyone should remove their children from these indoctrination centers! They will get more education even if they do nothing but play outside everyday!

  17. BREAKING: Schools require vaccination to attend. Apparently some of the commenters here don't realize that, but in most states this was decided a century ago.

    And while I feel the anti-vax stance is unreasonable, it's not irrational. What IS irrational, however, is being anti-vax AND being anti-mask. I can only some people at the union of those two camps are either hard-core conspiracy theorists or members of a death cult. Either way, no thanks.

    1. BREAKING: Schools require vaccination to attend. Apparently some of the commenters here don’t realize that, but in most states this was decided a century ago.

      No shit, Sherlock. Some of us have kids and have gotten them their full schedule of real, actual vaccinations by their fourth birthday.

      Notice which kids aren't supposed to get the Holy Coof Juice? Those under the age of five. Why is that, exactly?

    2. And while I feel the anti-vax stance is unreasonable, it’s not irrational. What IS irrational, however, is being anti-vax AND being anti-mask.

      Considering the masks don't do shit, as decades of research prior to April 2020 confirmed, this isn't an irrational stance at all.

      1. and the fact that there are recent peer reviewed scientific studies that show the efficacy of masks is very low. cloth masks are nearly zero effective and the blue surgical masks are about 11% effective. masks are mandated for one reason: control of the masses. the obedience mask is worthless unless you want to show your obedience to your master the government. i haven't worn a mask in so long i can't remember ever doing it. i will not shop anywhere that requires it but fortunately it really isn't an issue. the state has the dumb ass mask mandate but 99% of the stores do not enforce it. anyone wearing a mask demonstrates a complete lack of critical thinking skills.

    3. I encourage you to check out the Swiss Policy Research site with links to numerous studies about how masking does little to nothing to prevent viral transmission, and may have other negative effects:

      https://www.SWPRS.org/Face-Masks-Evidence

  18. The only solution is to move to a free market in the provision of educational services.

    We should create an educational endowments for each K-12 student. Student endowment funds would pay out for students who achieved grade level knowledge.

    Instead of endless fights over charter schools, home schooling, etc. etc., all students would become customers for educational services and be treated accordingly.

    Providers for students who did poorly would not be paid, leaving twice the annual amount available next year to educators who could catch them up.

    Instead of leaving dropouts to fend for themselves, the funds would remain on deposit indefinitely, allowing those who got their act together after some time in the adult world to get an education.

    Troubled students would have teachers and mentors who had a financial stake in the outcome. The dramatic difference in quality based on differences in community income levels would end.

    Let's move to a free market.

  19. The take over of education in the US by the left has resulted in what is expected by an ideology that destroys everything it touches. In the US in the age group of 16 to 24 the US ranks in the bottom among wealthy Western countries. Those 55 and older that were actually educated rank the highest. Before a country can be taken over by socialism it requires dumbing down the populace and reducing the morals and values. Between the pandemic and the last election the left is moving hard to tear down America and turn it into their vision of a socialist utopia. Americans clearly heard their respond to the pandemic they considered an opportunity rather then a crisis, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” leaked from a private phone conference and Biden's agenda of "build back better" clearly implies tearing down and then rebuilding to fit their vision. You can only build back what has been destroyed.

  20. This is a good thing. Public education has been failing for some time as the results can be plainly seen in the way people , especially the more recent generations act and perceive things, let alone their failures in the STEM courses. This is leaving the nation in a very dangerous predicament. Then add the push for CRT and radical gender politics and it's easy to see why parents are pulling their children out. You can't blame them. I sure would.
    This latest act is only driving more parents away from failing public schools and to home schooling, private and charter schools where they have more direct input and control. If this continues to accelerate, the public school system itself may either be forced to make changes or ultimately face defunding to the point of having to close.

  21. It's all the stupid politicians' fault.

    1. Otherwise known as lying traitor politicians who swear an oath of the people's law over them (The U.S. Constitution) and then compulsively ignores their sworn oath to the very people they represent.

      How to keep the Power of Gov-Gun-Forces from dishonest criminals... That is the big question. Perhaps that's why we have a 2nd Amendment.

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