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I’ve spent a lot of hours lately researching choice in education (at all levels). I’ve been trying to decide who wins in the neo-libertarian world of Milton Friedman adopted by the UCP. I can clearly see that it is neither parents nor students. #abed #abpse ...2
In the hope that choice meant a better education, improved results, more employability and special attention for kids with special needs, two decades of U.S. experience with failed voucher-systems (where money follows student) show “choice” was never for parents. ...3 #ableg
Choice in education has not lead to better student outcomes in the U.S. A multitude of studies prove it. Go online and see. Competition in a quasi-privatized, fractured system has only led to profit for the very rich or a sustainable faith-base for certain churches. ..4 #ableg
4/ By all measures, Alberta has an excellent school system at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. If there are gaps in meeting needs, we need to address them and fix what is wrong. Tax dollars aren’t for lining corporate pockets or filling church benches...5
Alberta’s public education system already offers choice to Alberta parents. It’s enshrined in current legislation. In my division @StAlbertPublic we have a Christian logos program, French immersion, athletic programs, Cogito and many academic choices. Most divisions do. ...6
I know libertarians & conservatives believe that free-market forces lead to competition and better outcomes, yet when it comes to education & health, there is so much U. S. experience to prove this is untrue. We don’t want that in Alberta or Canada. Do we? #killbill15 #ableg
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