Alan Keyes on School Choice

Pro-voucher; gov’t out of K-12 education

Source: 2000 NPAT Jan 13, 2000

Money should follow parents’ education choices

I strongly favor letting the parents take over the education process. With the parents in the lead, we will know that the cooperation between home, school and faith has been restored. The money we spend on education should follow the choice of the parents, not the choice of educrats & politicians. Let parents decide where the per capita spending is going to go. And that way every parent, rich or poor, will be able to make the right decisions for their child.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Value-free public education is brainwashing.

The value-free education offered by the government run schools has all too often proven to be education without value. This is especially true now that Outcome Based Education has been used as an excuse to establish curricular elements that amount to the politically correct brainwashing of our children.
Source: 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

Empower parents against the monopoly of public schools.

Parents and local citizens often know better than their educrat masters, but find themselves unable to resist the power of an entrenched and costly monopoly. Education reform is thus a question of liberty and self-government. I strongly favor school choice approaches that empower parents to send their children to schools that reflect the parents’ faith and values. This should include choices in both the public and the independent schools.
Source: 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

Let communities decide school rules like all-male academies

The Detroit school system wanted to try the idea of all-male academies, aimed especially at young black males. A District Judge decided that this would discriminate against the city’s young females and struck down the idea. The judge should have shown some respect for the judgment of the people who live with the daily life-and-death crisis [of urban life].

Inner-city black males need special help and attention. Is it better to give it to them in al-male schools, or in the all-male prisons they now populate in disproportionate numbers?

[Liberals] supported the creation of a welfare state that helped to destroy the social infrastructure of the black community. Not they want to quash community-based efforts to correct their disastrous handiwork. This is wrong, stupid, and unfair. In Detroit and elsewhere, the dogmatic liberal judges and ideologues should get out of the way and let communities seek answers to their problems. Let the people go.

Source: Our Character, Our Future, p. 63-5 May 2, 1996

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