School Choice: The missing campaign issue

This year’s presidential election has captured a lot of public attention all across the United States. But something’s missing. Where’s the discussion about fixing our schools?

Earlier this year, the Council on Foreign Relations issued a report authored by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein warning that the poor quality of education in the United States is a national security issue.

Give parents more voice

One of its recommendations: Give parents more voice in choosing the schools their children attend.

But, unless you happen to follow education issues, there’s a pretty good chance you haven’t heard of the report. Or, if you’ve heard of it, you probably don’t know much about what it says. The report and its recommendations simply haven’t been part of our national political debate.

Our nation’s educational system is a mess. That bothers me a lot. And it worries me a lot. But what really bothers me is that there’s no serious national effort to fix it. It’s not even part of the national political debate surrounding our presidential and congressional elections. That’s disturbing because these are the people who can fix the problem.

This isn’t new

This isn’t a new issue. Every president over the past 50 years – back to John F. Kennedy – has tried and failed to fix our public school system.

Nearly 30 years ago, President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation at Risk. Among other things it said: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.”

Our proposal

End The Education Plantation is a grassroots nonprofit organization with one and only one goal: Fixing our schools from the bottom up by giving every parent in America the opportunity to send their children to schools offering a quality education. You’ll find more information about what we’re proposing at www.EndTheEducationPlantation.org.

This is a grassroots effort. The only way it will succeed is if you and others like you become involved. I encourage you to do that.

Martin Luther King Jr. said “faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” He also said “he who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Will you join me in taking the first step toward fixing our schools? Don’t be one of those who cooperate with evil by accepting it without protest.

John Conlin

John Conlin is a self-employed management consultant who lives in Littleton, Colorado. He started End The Education Plantation because he’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools and believes it’s time to do something about that. Join our email list for continuing updates. And get involved. We’re a grassroots organization.


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End the Education Plantation is a temporary nonprofit organization founded by John Conlin of Littleton, Colorado, because he’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools. We are a grassroots organization with one and only one goal: Give every parent in America the opportunity to send their children to schools offering a quality education.

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