The end goal of “public education” is an educated public. There are many different means to an end. Educational choice refers to any policy that allows parents to choose the safest and best schools for their children, whether those schools are government-operated or privately operated. Oklahoma, which is among the nation's parental-choice leaders, is fortunate to have many forms of choice: charter schools, magnet and specialty schools, online schools, tax-credit scholarships, special-needs scholarships, a thriving homeschool sector, and more.
Professor Jay Greene has perceptively noted that, in a free society, the government rightly defers to parents when it comes to raising their children. And since education is simply a subcategory of parenting, the government should defer to parents when it comes to educating their children. Parents, not government officials, should determine their child’s path. Thus, when it comes to Oklahoma education (#OklaEd), policymakers should invest in the children, not in the system.
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