Freedom should drive education

Regarding the March 17 editorial, “New York, Chicago, and the war on charter schools,” the problem isn’t with charter schools but with the continuation of the top-down, “we know best” design. A freedom-driven, bottom-up design is far superior.

On average, Illinois spends just over $13,000 per pupil per year. Let’s put parents 100 percent in charge of how and where this money is spent in some sort of state-regulated environment. This one change, which doesn’t cost an extra dime, will transform public education.

I don’t claim to have the answers to every problem confronting public education, but I do know the system that will most assuredly find it. That system is freedom.

John Conlin, Littleton

This letter was published in the Chicago Tribune letters to the editor on March 17th 2014. Check out the article here: “Freedom should drive education“.

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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