Education System Treats Blacks Unfairly; More Choice Needed, Says Paul

Education System Treats Blacks Unfairly; More Choice Needed, Says Paul

Invoking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, Sen. Rand Paul published in op-ed in the Washington Times on Friday that called for more choice and fairer opportunity in the American education system.

Writes Paul:

“King’s dream of racial equality has come a long way, but inequalities still exist that can’t be ignored. Too many Americans are trapped in a public education system that does not do our children justice. We have a system in which politicians and bureaucrats have too much control, parents have too little, and students’ needs are not being met. Our children have so much potential, but their natural skills and talents are often ignored. Their true potential is not being realized.”

What Paul vouches for is more freedom of choice. Voucher and charter school programs, he says, “allow public education dollars to follow the student,” bettering their performance. And as he also notes, the current system is putting black children at a disadvantage – something that absolutely has to change.

“The Wall Street Journal noted in 2010 that 2,000 of our nation’s 20,000 high schools produce roughly 50 percent of all dropouts. Black children have a 50-50 chance of attending one of these schools. Compare these statistics to Washington, D.C., where a Stanford University study showed that 41 percent of students who attend charter schools learned the equivalent of 72 days more in reading and 101 days more in math each year than similar students attending district schools.

Our children deserve better — they deserve a choice in education. A pastor friend of mine in Kentucky has called school choice the civil rights issue of our day. He’s right.”

As Paul wraps up the piece by saying, it’s about having an opportunity. And every child, regardless of race, creed, or color, deserves that.

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