Appearing on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade & Friends” Monday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped a bomb on opponents of education reform that puts more power in the hands of parents. Rice said that it was an example of race relations and how twisted the arguments have become. She pointed the finger at liberals who go to bat for teacher’s unions, claiming they were responsible for trapping minority children in terrible public schools where their chances for success were limited.
“Anybody who isn’t in favor of school choice, anybody who isn’t in favor of educational reform, anybody who defends the status quo in the educational system,” Rice said, “that’s racist to me.”
In an age where liberals are quick to use the R-word to describe everything from Halloween costumes to football teams, it’s refreshing to see someone call them out on their blatant hypocrisies. Of course, liberals thrive on just this sort of racism. Anything that can be used to hold minorities back, keep them from understanding the true potential of liberty and individuality, and teach them that the American dream is a myth is a tool for Democrat avengers. Without a population ready and willing to submit to government dependency, America’s left wing goes extinct.
Choice Only Appropriate on Abortion
While liberals will go to extreme lengths to protect “choice” when it comes to unborn children, they are unwilling to extend that philosophy to parents. Their reasons are as transparent as they are fallacious. The biggest anti-choice argument also serves as one of the biggest pro-choice arguments: voucher programs will provide government dollars to private institutions. They say this amounts to a violation of the Establishment Clause, but it’s really just liberal fear that they will lose their captive, secular audience. Anything that would shuffle children from state indoctrination is a good thing, even if the alternative curriculum has its own weaknesses.
The other big argument is that it will take money away from public schools. Well, yes, this is probably true, but it doesn’t have to be. By giving choice over to parents, the government will present failing schools with two choices of their own: get it together or get the hell out. Isn’t that what the free market is all about? Competition? Of course it is, but liberals hate the free market, so it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out why they hate the concept of school choice.
Numerous studies have shown that school choice is not only in line with the freedoms this country supposedly believes in, but it also works across a wide spectrum. When parents are allowed to choose where their kids are educated, schools improve through competition, special needs children get better access to the help they require, parents are more involved at every level, and high school graduation rates increase. To look at all the evidence in favor of such a system and say, “Nah, it’s bad,” is to put ideology before results. Then again, what else would you expect?