If the pro-choice crowd didn’t have lies and half truths then they wouldn’t have anything.

First make no mistake choice is just a euphemism for
privatization but if they used privatization, more people would resist, since
that is the case all the pro-choice crowd has left to rely on to sell their
message are half truths and lies.

Take Representative Steve Sclaise of Louisiana for instance. He writes in a
Fox news piece: Over the past half century, the federal government has proven
that a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education is ineffective. During
that time, the federal government has spent more than $2 trillion on education,
and spending per student has nearly tripled since the 1970s.

Unfortunately, this increase in federal spending coupled with the expansion
of the Department of Education have yielded largely stagnant results in math,
reading, and graduation rates.

Additionally, achievement gaps among minority and low-income students
continue to be a problem.

Wow I had no idea things were so bad, accept of
course they aren’t.
Since the 70’s the US government has spent 2 trillion
on education, or about a third of what we will have spent in Afghanistan and
Iraq in the last 13. Does anybody else see a problem here? Where would be if we
could have flipped those two numbers? Furthermore has spending really tripled?
Maybe if you count expenditures on testing, technology and the fact we basically
warehoused special needs kids in the 70’s you might get to triple but do you
know what really helps? The fact the United States population went up by over a
hundred million since 1970. Furthermore what aren’t we spending three times as
much on? Everything is more expensive now but for some reason the representative
wants to put a stake in the heart, make that a knife in the back of public
education.
As for his other assertions has the representative not
read the papers because graduation rates are through the roof? Now I think
there has been some cooking of the books but I also think more kids realize you
just can’t make it without at least a high school diploma anymore and are
staying (being pushed through).  Furthermore
when we factor out poverty, the most ignored and important factor in education
our scores zoom right to the top of international test scores and maybe society
ignoring poverty has something to do with  this pesky closing of the achievement gap problem
too.
How is school choice going to fix those things? How
is giving money to mercenaries and channeling kids into substandard options,
and public schools warts and all are the best thing going, going to improve
things?  
The answer is they aren’t but that hasn’t stopped the
representative and a majority of congress including a lot of democrats who are
supposed to be the grownups in the room from supporting legislation that favors
business interests over children’s interests.  
Finally are there problems in education? Yes
undoubtedly but the vast amount of them are caused by ignoring poverty and the
pro-choice crowd and these people should not be able to manufacture a crisis
and then profit off that crisis too. Without lies and half truths these guys
wouldn’t have a foot to stand on.

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