Sid Moss: Loss of awe for value of education
To the editor:
School choice sounds good. It implies that careful considerations were made by parents about the educational advantages in their decision to seek a school out of their district . Jennifer Towler, Northampton’s coordinator of school choice maintains, however, that many parents made their decision based on non-educational issues such as transportation or child-care arrangement or relied on hearsay from neighbors so in effect “parents made decisions in the dark” rather than from first-hand knowledge based on site visits, or researching on line the state’s profile of data about each district’s class size, financing, grade scores, faculty and so on.
I am concerned not only that many children and their parents are not using school choice as intended but even more that the issue of school choice may have led has led unexpectedly to a loss of awe for the value and meaning of education. How to regain its significance is to me the central question for all of us.