Real School Reform Needs Freedom

The state of Texas is arguing over what to teach their kids:

The State Board of Education begins hearing testimony, before a tentative vote this week on new social studies curriculum standards that will serve as the framework in Texas classrooms. But, as usual in votes before the conservative-led board, the wide-reaching guidelines are full of potential ideological flashpoints.

Points of contention include the religious or non-religious beliefs of the founders and how to portray figures like Cesar Chavez. I remember studying U.S. History in a public high school; the paragraphs on Chavez were nauseauting.

The liberty-based response to this shouldn’t be a backlash against “leftist education.” Progressivism is pervasive in our educational system, but we as students should really fight for educational freedom, not a revision of the curriculum. The answer to ideological disagreements in education is school choice and local control, not a one-size-fits-all approach. Families would be free to choose what their children should learn.

If you want to learn more about school choice, I’d suggest Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” videos on the subject.

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